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Dr Stefan Rahmstorf studied physics at the Universities of Ulm and Konstanz; and physical oceanography at the University of Wales, after which, he completed a thesis on general relativity theory. He then obtained his PhD in oceanography at Victoria University of Wellington in 1990. He has worked as a Scientist at the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute, the Institute of Marine Science, and currently teaches Physics of the Oceans at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
He was awarded the $1 million Centennial Fellowship Award in 1999 of the James S. McDonnell foundation. He is a member of the Academia Europaea and served in the German Advisory Council on Global Change. He was a lead author of the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
He has published over 100 scientific papers and co-authored four books. He was the first non-American scientist to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize of the American Geophysical Union in 2017.