Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Science
College of Biological Sciences, June 12, 1999
Professor Gorham spent 36 years of academic life at the University of Minnesota before retiring, December 1998. His career has been devoted to quantitatively assessing the linkages among the global elemental cycles that are critical to the maintenance of life on Earth. He was the first to identify and delimit the critical role of atmospheric inputs to natural ecosystems. Professor Gorham is described as a renaissance scholar and the foremost living biogeochemist. The scientific community holds him in the highest esteem as evidenced by his election as a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, and a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota. He has received several honorary doctorates and is an invited speaker all over the world on a wide range of topics. Professor Gorham has contributed to the public worldwide, to the international scientific community, to students, and to the University of Minnesota.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.