Eunice Foote, the Original Climate Scientist

by | Apr 26, 2020 | inspiration & context

Eunice Foote’s experiment for her studies on greenhouse gases, as recreated in the 2018 short film “Eunice.” Credit, Paul Bancilhon and Matteo Marcolini

Celebrating a little-known woman climate scientist, Eunice Foote

Learn how Eunice Foote, a woman of science and supporter of women’s rights, conducted and published experiments on the sun’s warming of atmospheric gases in 1856, three years before the publications of John Tyndall, who is generally hailed as the original climate scientist. Based on her experiments, Foote discussed the possible link to climate variability, but has been overlooked by history. She is celebrated now in a belated obituary in the New York Times.

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