Eville Gorham

  • From:

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis | Minneapolis, MN

  • Year:

    2000

  • Subject:

    Earth Science

  • Award:

    Benjamin Franklin Medal

  • Citation:

    For seminal contributions in understanding the ways plants interact with their environment, and the use of this knowledge to measure the source of the contents of air, and the effects of air contents on plants and the environment in general.

Eville Gorham received his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1951. Gorham's primary research interests include ecology and biochemistry of wetlands; chemistry of atmospheric precipitation, lake waters, and sediments; history of ecology; and biogeochemistry.

In the 1950s, Gorham discovered that acid rain can fall far from the pollutant sources to contaminate rural lakes and ponds, and he has long since been a pioneer in discovering how ecoystems function and respond to pollution.

Gorham was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1994.

Information as of April 2000