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Ohio State Glaciologist to Receive National Medal of Science

Ohio State University glaciologist Lonnie Thompson will receive the National Medal of Science. The award is likely the highest honor given to an American scientist.

Thompson is widely known for his research in the area of climate change. Working with his wife, OSU Geography Professor Ellen Mosley Thompson, he has gathered evidence to support the claim that the last 50 years were the warmest period in recorded history.

Both Thompsons were advisers to former Vice President Al Gore on his 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which points out perils associated with a warming global climate. Gore this year won an Academny Award for the production.

Thompson's field is paleoclimatology, specifically the study of glacial ice cores to document climate change over thousands of years. He has said, "The loss of our glaciers is the most visible evidence of global warming we have."

Thompson and seven other researchers will receive the National Medal of Science award later this summer during a ceremony at the White House.