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Former Vice President Al Gore will be among the dignitaries on hand this week at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to celebrate the 100th birthday of the science legend Roger Revelle.

Revelle, a pioneering oceanographer who died in 1991, was one of the first scientists to focus on global warming, beginning his study of the phenomenon in the 1950s. He was also a founder of the University of California, San Diego, an early director of Scripps and courageous soul who spoke out against UC faculty members having to take a loyalty oath during the red scare of the 1950s.

In recent years Revelle has become best known for being the Harvard professor who educated Gore about global warming. Gore’s relationship with Revelle figured prominently in the former presidential candidate’s 2006 Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The celebration at Scripps will begin Thursday afternoon with a retrospective of Revelle’s life. On Friday, Gore will be presented with the inaugural Roger Revelle Prize at Scripps, for bringing global warming issues to a worldwide audience.

DAVID WASHBURN

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