In memory of F. Sherwood Rowland – 1996 interview

“What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?”

– Dr. F. Sherwood Rowland

In 1996, Science Director Richard Somerville conducted an interview with Nobel Laureate F. Sherwood Rowland, a great scientist and pioneer in the field of ozone depletion. In light of Dr. Rowland’s passing on March 10, 2012, we post the video of that interview in his honor.


“Is it enough for a scientist simply to publish a paper? Isn’t it a responsibility of scientists, if you believe that you have found something that can affect the environment, isn’t it your responsibility to actually do something about it, enough so that action actually takes place?

If not us, who? If not now, when?

-Dr. F. Sherwood “Sherry” Rowland, 1997 White House Roundtable on Climate Change