Deerfield was proud to honor Dr. Kerry Emanuel ’73 with the 2012 Heritage Award at school meeting this week. Dr. Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at MIT and leading expert on hurricanes, gained recent recognition for his work in the areas of global climate change and tropical cyclone activity. In 2006, he was named one of Time‘s 100 most influential people, and in the following year, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and received the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an atmospheric scientist by the American Meteorological Society. His most recent publication, What We Know About Climate Change, outlines the basic science of global warming and addresses global warming skeptics.
In introducing Dr. Emanuel, Head of School Margarita Curtis noted that the curiosity and inquiry he showed as a student at Deerfield have defined his career. “Through outreach, teaching, and research, you are in continuous pursuit of scientific truth, driven by a passion awakened at Deerfield so many years ago,” Dr. Emanuel’s Heritage Award citation reads.
Addressing students, faculty, and staff at school meeting, Dr. Emanuel presented an informative review of the science behind climate change and encouraged students to use the tools they have acquired at Deerfield to solve the problem his generation has not been able to fix.
The Heritage Award is presented annually to a Deerfield alumnus whose professional and personal achievements have represented a special contribution to the betterment of society; in short, someone whose life exemplifies the Academy’s motto: “Be Worthy of Your Heritage.” Past honorees include author John McPhee ’49, Paralympian Christopher Waddell ’87, and 2011 award recipient former Deerfield Headmaster Eric Widmer ’57.