Scope and Contents
Call Number: SC1053
Schneider, Stephen Henry, 1945-2010.
Title: Stephen Henry Schneider papers
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.
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[identification of item], Stephen Henry Schneider Papers (SC1053). Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries,
||Born on February 11th and raised on Long Island
||Received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University
||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
||Postdoctoral research associate with the Goodard Institute in Space Studies with NASA (1971-1972)
||Awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
||Moved to Boulder, Colorado
||Became a member of the scientific staff of NCAR (1973-1996)
||Created the "Climate Change" Journal with NCAR; Editor-in-chief (1975-2010)
The Genesis Strategy: Climate and Global Survival
||Married Cheryl K. Hatter
||Featured in US Magazine Article, "The Top 35 Up-and-Comers under 35"
||Part of the Scientific Division Directors in the Appointments Review Group (ARG) (1981-1982)
||Co-author with Randi Londer for <title render="italic"> Coevolution of Climate and Life </title>
||Listed in the "100 Oustanding Young Scientists in America"
||Part of the Scientific Division Directors in the Appointments Review Group (ARG) (1981-1982)
||Consultant to the Under Secretary of Defense (1987-1988)
||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
||Wrote <title render="italic"> Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century? </title>
||Member of the AGU Macelwane Medal Subcommittee
||Awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Westinghouse Award for Public Understanding of Science and
||Honored with a MacArthur Fellowship
||Entered academia part time
||Founding Member of the Committee for Research on Global Environmental Change
||Joined Stanford University staff as a professor of climatalogy (1996-2010)
||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
||Became a foreign member of the Academea Europea
||Made Chair of the AAAS’s Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences (1999–2001)
||Co-author of "Uncertainities in the IPCC Third Assessment Report: Recommendations to Lead Authors for More Consistent Assessement
||A member of the Core Writing Team for the IPCC Third Assessment Report (TAR)
||Elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences
||Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Environmental Science and Policy (CESP) (2002-2007)
||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
||Co-author of the cross-cutting theme paper #4: "Assessing the Science to Address UNFCCC Article 2"
The Patient from Hell; an account of his survival of mantle cell lymphoma (an aggressive cancer)
||Received the Banksia Foundation's International Environmental Award in Australia
||A member of the Core Writing Team for the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (TAR)
||Received a collective Nobel Peace Prize with fellow IPCC authors
||Carl Moyer Award for Scientific Leadership & Technical Leadership Coaliation for Clean Air
||Received a Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals
||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
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?
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
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,
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
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,
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
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.
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.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Climatic changes--Government policy--International cooperation.
Global environmental change.
Global temperature changes.
Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric.
Nature-- Effect of human beings on