Forrest Marion Mims III

1993 Laureate, Environment
United States, Born 1944

Project Goal

Design and develop a device that monitors ultraviolet radiation and ozone levels

Location: United States

"The scientific community tends to take a relatively narrow approach to these questions, when ozone loss is a very complex issue."

Forrest Mims III calls himself a "citizen scientist" – he has a degree in government, but no formal scientific qualifications. Yet he possesses a rare breadth of scientific and technical expertise in an age of narrow professionalism. One of his greatest achievements has been to set up a network to monitor ultraviolet radiation and ozone levels, using a hand-held device he invented himself, a project that won him a Rolex Award in 1993.


countries in which people have volunteered to become SPAN observers


The price range, in American dollars, for Forrest's basic model of MicroTOPS


popular, do-it-yourself electronics books Forrest has written

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