Chicago native Susan Solomon (born 1956) became interested in science after watching The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau as a young girl. That interest led her to study chemistry at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Having earned a doctorate in atmospheric chemistry, Solomon worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she and her colleagues discovered the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole. Besides receiving the National Medal of Science and being named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, an Antarctic glacier had been named in Solomon’s honor.
Why this stop? The Red Line’s 35th Street stop isn’t just for White Sox baseball fans. It is also a stop for IIT which Solomon attended as an undergrad.
Learn about the history of the ozone hole from NASA.