A year after the first school opened, the school’s founder, Bill Bancroft, was finally awarded a Nobel Prize.
The prize, which was presented Wednesday in Stockholm, is the first for a scientist who has led the research behind a field of the greatest interest to the scientific community: climate change.
“I think this is a great time to recognize that Bill Bacroft was a great man and he was a wonderful scientist and I think it’s a great day to honor him,” said the president of the Nobel committee, Svante Arrhenius.
In a video message, the president praised Bancrotts “unstoppable” work.
In this June 8, 2015, file photo, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a Climate Progress conference in New York.
The award was also announced at a ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana, attended by more than 50 people.
It comes as the U.N. climate summit, the largest annual gathering of governments, seeks to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
Bancropts work at the University of Texas in Austin, which is in a climate-change drought that is affecting its own students and the surrounding area.
But the school has been criticized for failing to act quickly to help residents who are at high risk of water contamination, particularly those living in the southern part of the state.
Bacrotts work began as a group of researchers at the school, including some of the world’s top climate scientists, worked together to develop what became known as the Bancrots model, which became the foundation for many of the early climate models that are used to calculate future climate change scenarios.
In 2015, the model predicted that if temperatures remain high, the U