Charles Petzold

1859 Science: John Tyndall and the Greenhouse Effect

June 10, 2009
Roscoe, N.Y.

On June 10, 1859 — 150 years ago today — British scientist John Tyndall gave a presentation before the Royal Institution describing how carbon dioxide and water vapor trap heat in the earth's atmosphere. I'll turn the telling of the rest of the story over to Stephanie Pain in a recent issue of New Scientist magazine:

The man who discovered greenhouse gases