1958

Ron Sass, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, joins Rice’s faculty in 1958. Although he retires in 2005, he continues to teach classes for the Masters of Liberal Studies program and serves as the co-director of the Center for Education. Sass wins the George R. Brown Teaching Award so many times that he is disqualified from earning more in the mid-1980s.  As a researcher, he is best known for his work on global warming — particularly methane emissions — and is acknowledged for contributions to Al Gore’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

 
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