Other Notable Deaths

January 04, 2008

BERT BOLIN, 82

Climate scientist

Bert Bolin, a Swedish climate scientist and co-founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning U.N. panel on climate change, has died.

Dr. Bolin, who died Sunday in a Stockholm hospital of stomach cancer, was active until three days before his death, said colleague Henning Rodhe, a professor in chemical meteorology at Stockholm University.

As early as the 1950s, Dr. Bolin produced research about the circulation of carbon in nature that remains relevant to the debate on climate change. He played a key role in communicating the dangers of climate change and was the first chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from 1988 to 1998.

The panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore for helping educate the world about global warming.

When he learned that he had won the Nobel, Mr. Gore first called IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri, then Dr. Bolin, he said.

According to Stockholm University, Dr. Bolin was initially supposed to travel to Oslo to accept the prize on behalf of the IPCC but was unable to do so because of poor health.

Dr. Bolin completed his doctorate at Stockholm University in 1956 and was a professor of meteorology there from 1961 to 1990.

His awards for climate research included the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal in 1984, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 1988 and the Blue Planet Prize in 1995.

His book A History of the Science and Politics of Climate Change: The Role of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was published in November.

HOPE FRAZIER, 60 Newspaper editor

Hope Frazier, a former executive editor of the Pasadena Star-News in California and other newspapers, died of colon cancer Saturday at her Ojai, Calif., home, said her husband, Doug Adrianson.

As head of the San Gabriel Newspaper Group from 1992 to 1996, Ms. Frazier oversaw the Star-News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the Whittier Daily News, and helped restructure the papers.

After leaving the newspapers, she was a filmmaker and artist in a studio she restored in Ojai.

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