Susan Solomon, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Aeronomy Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., has received the 1992 Common Wealth Award for science and invention. The 13-year-old awards program, administered by the Bank of Delaware, was established by Ralph Hayes, a director of Coca-Cola International, through a bequest in his will. Solomon was selected to receive the honor by the scientific research society Sigma Xi.
The awards were presented April 25 in Wilmington, Del. Other winners were Ted Turner, Cable News Network founder; novelist James A. Michener; retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger; and playwright Arthur Miller. Each winner received $25,000.
During an expedition to Antarctica to observe reactions on the surfaces of polar stratospheric clouds, Solomon made the first observation that clearly linked chlorofluorocar-bons (CFCs) to depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer (Journal of Geophysical Research, 92:8329-38, 1987). "There had been theoretical papers [predicting...
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