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  • Administrative Information
  • Timeline
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement note
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC1053
    Creator: Schneider, Stephen Henry, 1945-2010.
    Title: Stephen Henry Schneider papers
    Dates: 1965-2010
    Physical Description: 368.25 Linear feet (250 boxes)
    Summary: The materials consist of personal and professional files of Stephen Henry Schneider (1945-2010), Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biological Sciences, Professor (by courtesy) of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    Apart from Series 1, Climatic Change Editorial records, the materials are open for research. Series 1 is restricted 40 years from date of creation. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [identification of item], Stephen Henry Schneider Papers (SC1053). Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Timeline

    Timeline

    1945 Born on February 11th and raised on Long Island
    1966 Received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University
    1971 Received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Plasma Physics from Columbia University
      Co-author on a Science paper with S.I. Rasool, "Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Aerosols: Effects of Large Increases on Global Climate"
      Postdoctoral research associate with the Goodard Institute in Space Studies with NASA (1971-1972)
    1972 Awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
      Moved to Boulder, Colorado
    1973 Became a member of the scientific staff of NCAR (1973-1996)
    1975 Created the "Climate Change" Journal with NCAR; Editor-in-chief (1975-2010)
    1976 Wrote The Genesis Strategy: Climate and Global Survival
    1978 Married Cheryl K. Hatter
    1979 Featured in US Magazine Article, "The Top 35 Up-and-Comers under 35"
    1981 Part of the Scientific Division Directors in the Appointments Review Group (ARG) (1981-1982)
    1984 Co-author with Randi Londer for <title render="italic"> Coevolution of Climate and Life </title>
      Listed in the "100 Oustanding Young Scientists in America"
    1985 Part of the Scientific Division Directors in the Appointments Review Group (ARG) (1981-1982)
    1987 Consultant to the Under Secretary of Defense (1987-1988)
    1988 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was founded - Schneider became an active member since it's founding
      Became a member of the Staff of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Atmospheric Obscuration with the Department of Defense
    1989 Wrote <title render="italic"> Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century? </title>
      Member of the AGU Macelwane Medal Subcommittee
    1991 Awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Westinghouse Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology
    1992 Honored with a MacArthur Fellowship
      Entered academia part time
    1995 Founding Member of the Committee for Research on Global Environmental Change
    1996 Joined Stanford University staff as a professor of climatalogy (1996-2010)
    1997 Wrote <title render="italic"> Laboratory Earth: the Planetary Gamble We Can't Afford to Lose </title>
      Wrote <title render="italic">Implications of the "Greenhouse Effect"</title> for the World Book Publishing Co. for their CD-ROM Encyclopedia
    1998 Became a foreign member of the Academea Europea
    1999 Made Chair of the AAAS’s Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences (1999–2001)
    2000 Co-author of "Uncertainities in the IPCC Third Assessment Report: Recommendations to Lead Authors for More Consistent Assessement and Reporting"
    2001 A member of the Core Writing Team for the IPCC Third Assessment Report (TAR)
    2002 Elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences
      Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Environmental Science and Policy (CESP) (2002-2007)
    2003 Received the Edward T. Law Roe Award of the Society of Conservation Biology
      Co-Director of E-IPER (2003-2005)
      Co-won the National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation with his wife, Terry Root
    2004 Co-author of the cross-cutting theme paper #4: "Assessing the Science to Address UNFCCC Article 2"
    2005 Wrote The Patient from Hell; an account of his survival of mantle cell lymphoma (an aggressive cancer)
    2006 Received the Banksia Foundation's International Environmental Award in Australia
    2007 A member of the Core Writing Team for the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (TAR)
      Received a collective Nobel Peace Prize with fellow IPCC authors
    2008 Carl Moyer Award for Scientific Leadership & Technical Leadership Coaliation for Clean Air
      Received a Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals
    2010 Passed away in London, England on July 19th after suffering a pulmonary embolism while returning from a scientific meeting in Käringön, Sweden.
      Awarded an honorary fellowship at the California Academy of Sciences

    Biographical/Historical note

    Dr. Stephen H. Schneider (1945-2010) was the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biological Sciences, Professor (by courtesy) of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Dr. Schneider received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Plasma Physics from Columbia University in 1971. He studied the role of greenhouse gases and suspended particulate material on climate as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1972 and was a member of the scientific staff of NCAR from 1973-1996, where he co-founded the Climate Project.
    Internationally recognized for research, policy analysis and outreach in climate change, Dr. Schneider focused on climate change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identifying viable climate policies and technological solutions. He consulted with federal agencies and/or White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations.
    Actively involved with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), an initiative of the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization since its origin in 1988, Dr. Schneider was co-author of "Uncertainties in the IPCC Third Assessment Report: Recommendations to Lead Authors for More Consistent Assessment and Reporting"in 2000 and the cross-cutting theme paper #4: "Assessing the Science to Address UNFCCC Article 2" in 2004. He has been a contributor to all four IPCC Assessment Reports and is currently a Coordinating Lead Author of Working Group II Chapter 19, "Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change." For the 2001 IPCC Third Assessment Report (TAR) and the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), Dr. Schneider has also been a member of the Core Writing Team for each of the Synthesis Reports, which integrate the contributions of Working Groups I, II and III. The 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report will be used by governments world-wide as the most up-to-date, credible document regarding climate change science, impacts, adaptation, vulnerability, and mitigation until 2012. After decades of work, Dr. Schneider, along with four generations of IPCC authors, received a collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
    In 1991, Dr. Schneider was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science/ Westinghouse Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology for furthering public understanding of environmental science and its implications for public policy. In 1992, he was honored with a MacArthur Fellowship for his ability to integrate and interpret the results of global climate research through public lectures, classroom teaching, environmental assessment committees, media appearances, Congressional testimony and research collaboration with colleagues. In 1998, Dr. Schneider became a foreign member of the Academea Europaea, Earth & Cosmic Sciences Section. He was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences in 2002. Dr. Schneider received the Edward T. Law Roe Award of the Society of Conservation Biology in 2003. He and his spouse-collaborator, Terry Root, jointly received the 2003 National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation and the Banksia Foundation’s 2006 International Environmental Award in Australia.
    Dr. Schneider was Founder and Editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Climatic Change, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather and author of The Genesis Strategy: Climate and Global Survival; Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century? , and The Coevolution of Climate and Life and Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We can't Afford to Lose. In addition, he has authored or co-authored over 400 scientific papers, proceedings, legislative testimonies, edited books and book chapters, and over 200 book reviews, editorials and other pieces for popular media.
    Dr. Schneider taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Earth Systems, Civil Engineering, Biological Sciences, the Senior Honors Seminar in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy, and the doctoral program, The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources (IPER). He served as Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Environmental Science and Policy (CESP) from 2002 to 2007 and Co-Director of IPER, from 2003 to 2005.
    Dr. Schneider actively counseled policy makers about the importance of using risk management strategies in climate-policy decision making, given the uncertainties in future projections of global climate change and related impacts. In addition to continuing to serve as advisor to decision-makers, he consulted with corporate executives and other stakeholders in industry and the nonprofit sectors regarding possible climate-related events and was actively engaged in improving public understanding of science and the environment through extensive media communication and public outreach.
    Dr. Schneider was a survivor of an aggressive cancer, mantle cell lymphoma. He documented his struggle to conquer the condition, including applying his own knowledge of science to design his own treatment regime, in a self-published 2005 book, The Patient from Hell. He died unexpectedly on July 19, 2010 after suffering a pulmonary embolism while returning from a scientific meeting in Käringön, Sweden.

    Scope and Contents

    The materials consist of personal and professional files of Stephen Henry Schneider (1945-2010) arranged in fourteen series. The first series is Climatic Change Editorial Records. Dr. Schneider was founder and editor of Climatic Change, a journal is dedicated to the totality of the problem of climatic variability and change – its descriptions, causes, implications and interactions among these. Included in this series are original manuscripts (accepted and rejected), editiorial correspondence, and special issues.
    The second series is Personal Material. This includes but is not limited to awards, personal and professional address books, and calendars.
    The third series is Correspondence. There are three subseries in this series: Alphabetical, Chronological and Restricted. Restricted matrerials include correspondence of private affairs or information closed to research use.
    The fourth series is Research and Subject Files. This series has three subseries: Proposals (by and to Dr. Schneider), Topics and Organizations.
    The fifth series is Publications. This series three subseries: Books, Articles, and Websites. Books contains information on the processes for several books: Politics of Climate, Genesis Strategy, Laboratory Earth, and Primordial Bond. Articles contains folders for reprints and drafts. Websites includes Dr. Schneider's personal website, as well as climatechange.net.
    The sixth series is Conferences, Meetings, and Professional Travel. Included in this series are materials documenting the Phytopathological Society, World Food Population Confrontation and Rising Tide Summit.
    The seventh series is Intergrovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This includes editorials, reports, correspondence, memos and other materials.
    The eighth series is Teaching and Professional Work. This includes course materials, materials concerning students, administrative files, and consulting files.
    The ninth series is Works by Others. This includes any work that was published and/or done about Stephen Schneider but not work that he personally wrote or co-authored.
    The tenth series is Print Media. This includes newspaper clippings, articles or research related information by or about Stephen Schneider.
    The eleventh series is Photographs. This includes images either taken by Schneider, photos of Schneider, or photos belonging to or given to Schneider.
    The twelfth series is Audiovisual materials. This includes audio and video recordings of Schneider or are relevant to his research or interests.
    The thirteenth series is Computer Files. This includes various computer media, such as floppies, CD-ROMs, external hard drives, computer software, etc.
    The fourteenth series is Miscellaneous. This contains files that do not easily fall into any of the other thirteen series.

    Arrangement note

    The materials are arranged in fourteen series: Series 1. Climatic Change Editorial Records; Series 2. Personal; Series 3. Correspondence; Series 4. Research and Subject Files; Series 5. Publications; Series 6. Conferences, Meetings, and Professional Travel; Series 7. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Series 8. Teaching and Professional Work; Series 9. Works by Others; Series 10. Print Media; Series 11. Photographs; Series 12. Audiovisual Material; Series 13. Computer Files; Series 14. Miscellaneous.

    Access Terms

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
    Root, Terry
    Climatic changes--Government policy--International cooperation.
    Climatic changes.
    Global environmental change.
    Global temperature changes.
    Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric.
    Human ecology.
    Nature-- Effect of human beings on