Carl Benson, crosser of Greenland, longtime studier of Mount Wrangell, world expert on ice fog and devotee to the metric system.
Photo by Christine Simko, Design Services, Geophysical Institute.
Last week, Carl Benson, 85, accepted a lifetime achievement award from the place he has worked since Dwight Eisenhower was president. As the snow and ice scientist and professor emeritus at University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute rose to applause from his friends and coworkers, memories rushed back to me.
Alaska scientist Davis “Dave” Sentman died in December 2011. The man who named “sprites,” colorful discharges that burst upward from thunderclouds, was 66 years old.