Dr. Rhodes W. Fairbridge, one of the first geoscientists to discuss climate change, passed away on November 8, 2006 at the age of 92.
Dr. Fairbridge, a geologist at Columbia University had been a supervising editor for the â€œEncyclopedia of Earth Sciences,â€ aimed at graduate students and which continues to be used as a reference. In addition to the important work he completed for the â€œEncyclopediaâ€, he is best known for the research that he was a part of on coral reefs and shorelines to study the effects of climate change upon them. He developed the Fairbridge Curve, which is a record of changes in sea levels over the last 10,000 years that showed periodic changes against a trend of rising sea levels.
Fairbridge was born in Pinjarra, Australia and received his undergraduate degree from Queenâ€™s University in Ontario and his masterâ€™s from Oxford. He received his Ph.D. in geology in 1941 from the University of Western Australia. After that, he taught at Western Australia and the University of Illinois before becoming a professor of geology at Columbia University in 1955.
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