Dr. Owen Gingerich ’51 addressed the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate International Mother Earth Day

Owen Gingerich

Dr. Owen Gingerich ’51, professor emeritus of astronomy and history of science at Harvard University, recently addressed the United Nations General Assembly during an interactive dialogue to commemorate International Mother Earth Day. Dr. Gingerich, who is one of the world’s leading astronomers and has an astroid named in his honor, delivered the opening address for a panel of scientists who discussed the impact of human activities on the earth. “We are at a perilous point where our knowledge, our powers and our masses have the newly acquired capability to irredeemably destroy our environment,” Gingerich stated on April 19. You can watch a webcast of the dialogue (his comments begin at 31:25 on the video) and read Dr. Gingerich’s presentation at this link.

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