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Frank Sherwood Rowland
Rowland at the inaugural World Science Summit, May 2008
Born(1927-06-28)June 28, 1927
Delaware, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMarch 10, 2012(2012-03-10) (aged 84)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Irvine
Alma mater
Doctoral advisorWillard Libby
Known forOzone depletion research
Notable awards
This person won a Nobel Prize
Frank Sherwood "Sherry" Rowland (June 28, 1927 – March 10, 2012) was an American Nobel Prize-winning chemist. He was a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. His research was on atmospheric chemistry and chemical kinetics.

His best-known work was the discovery that chlorofluorocarbons role in ozone depletion.[2][3]

He won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Mario Molina and Paul J. Crutzen. Rowland worked as a professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Rowland died on March 10, 2012 in Newport Beach, California from problems caused by Parkinson's disease, aged 84.[4]


  1. Laureates of the Japan Prize.
  2. Prather, M. J.; Blake, D. R. (2012). "F. Sherwood Rowland (1927–2012)". Nature 484 (7393): 168. doi:10.1038/484168a . PMID 22498618 . 
  3. Molina, M. J.; Rowland, F. S. (1974). "Stratospheric sink for chlorofluoromethanes: Chlorine atom-catalysed destruction of ozone". Nature 249 (5460): 810. doi:10.1038/249810a0 . 
  4. Roan, Shari (2012-03-12) (in en-US). F. Sherwood Rowland dies at 84; UC Irvine professor won Nobel Prize. ISSN 0458-3035 . Retrieved 2016-09-14.