Wally Broecker, the godfather of CarbFix, has passed away

19.02.2019

Wally Broecker, the godfather of the CarbFix project passed away yesterday at the age of 87.  He was one of the giants of geochemistry, one of the first ones to raise warnings on climate change and popularized the term "global warming".

Wally was one of the founders of the CarbFix project along with scientists from University of Iceland, CNRS in Toulouse, Columbia University and Reykjavík Energy. The project was founded in 2007 following Wally’s visit to Iceland in 2006 when the president of Iceland invited him to give a talk on climate change and carbon mineralization in basalts. Wally was a member of the scientific steering committee of the project throughout its design and pilot phases.  The CarbFix team feels privileged to have worked with such a big character and we thank Wally for his contribution to the project, without him we would not have achieved what we have today.

Wally kept his curiosity and drive to the end of his life. His last work “CO2: Earth’s Climate Driver”, was published as a part of the Geochemical Perspective series in October 2018 (http://www.geochemicalperspectives.org/online/v7n2).

We are all grateful for his contribution. Quoting Sean C. Solomon the Director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory:  „For more than half a century, Wally was an extraordinary force for scientific innovation across the entire sweep of the Earth sciences. It is difficult to imagine a Lamont, a Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, or a Columbia University without his intellectual vision, his gift for distilling the important from the merely interesting, and his sustained passion for his science, his colleagues, and his planet.“

Rest in peace Wally.