Jean Jouzel, a paleoclimate scientist at the LSCE, the Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement (Climate and Environment Lab, CEA/CNRS/UVSQ), has won the 2012 Vetlesen Prize, awarded every four years since 1959 by the American Foundation of the same name. This prestigious prize, considered to be the “Nobel Prize” for Earth and Universe Sciences, has been awarded to Jean Jouzel, the first ever French winner, for his work on polar ice and climate. The prize is also awarded to Professor Susan Solomon of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, Boulder, USA) for her work on the hole in the ozone layer. They received their prizes on February 21, 2013 at Columbia University.
Press release from CNRS (French): http://www2.cnrs.fr/presse/communique/2955.htm
Press release from Columbia university: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/two-climate-scientists-win-vetlesen-prize-work-ozone-hole-ice-cores