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“Partnering” by Jean Oelwang

Tangible lessons from 65+ of the world's most remarkable partnerships.


Friends, scientists, and partners in discovering the ozone hole

Joseph Farman, Brian G. Gardiner, and Jonathan Shanklin


In 1984, Joseph Farman, Brian G. Gardiner, and Jonathan Shanklin, three scientists from British Antarctic Survey, uncovered one of the most important scientific discoveries of the twentieth century, discovering a hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic caused by CFCs. In 1985, Joe, Jonathan, and Brian published their findings and sparked the moral imperative to fix it. 

Jonathan speaks warmly of his decades-long friendship with Joe and Brian. They were a cast of unlikely characters. Their different strengths interlocked to form an unbreakable bond. Their trust and unwavering respect for one another brought out the best in each other. Their combined breadth of scientific expertise demanded global credibility.

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