Prestigious awards and recognition seem to follow Estella B. Leopold where ever she goes. She is a Fellow, Geological Society of America; Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1974 (I too received recognition that year, in the form of a high school diploma). In 2010 Professor Leopold received the International Cosmos Prize; if you are not familiar with that prize, you may be familiar with some of the other recipients—David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, E. O. Wilson, Peter Raven. Last week she received the highest award of...

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