UC Irvine chemistry Prof. F. Sherwood Rowland was toasted by Chancellor Jack Peltason and colleagues today for winning the prestigious Japan Prize, awarded each year for scientific and technological contributions to world peace.
"The whole world is cheering him," Peltason said in a toast to Rowland, who was honored today by the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan for his documentation of the destruction of the Earth's protective ozone layer. "He just didn't do the work in the laboratory, but he realized the consequences of his discovery and at great personal risk . . . spread the word to Congress and around the world."