Along with Kareem Abdul Jabar, Joan Didion and Francis Ford Coppola, renowned Stanford climate scientist Stephen H. Schneider will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame, Gov. Jerry Brown announced recently.

Other individuals who will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 1 in Sacramento are civil rights heroine Charlotta Bass, community organizer Fred Ross, Sr., and social activism innovator Mimi Silbert. The newest class will join 81 Californians previously inducted for exemplifying California’s spirit of innovation.

At the time of his death in 2010, Schneider was a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute and the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford. Well known for his emphasis on science communication and a world expert on interdisciplinary climate science, he consulted with federal agencies and/or White House staff in every U.S. presidential administration since the Nixon era.

Schneider first alerted the public to climate change in 1972. He was a leader in the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and he was part of the three groups of IPCC authors who shared (equally with Al Gore) the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He founded the interdisciplinary journal Climatic Change and continued to serve as its editor in chief until his death.

Schneider’s widow, Terry L. Root, a Stanford biology professor, by courtesy, and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute, will accept a Spirit of California medal from the governor and first lady on behalf of her husband during the official ceremony on Oct. 1, which will begin at 7 p.m. at The California Museum at 1020 “O” St. in Sacramento.

“I was so thrilled when I got the call from the governor’s office telling me that Gov. Brown had decided to induct Steve into the California Hall of Fame,” said Root. “This is truly a great honor for Steve. I just wish he were here to receive it himself.”

In announcing the awards, Gov. Brown said, “These talented pioneers represent the very best of California. Their determination, intelligence and creativity continue to inspire us.”

In addition to the ceremony, inductees will be commemorated with an exhibit of personal artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which will open to the public at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 at The California Museum.