1. a superlative
term describing a person who is accomplished
or exceptionally noteworthy
in a specific field or area of work, sometimes though not always within the environmental
2. to call someone the Al Gore
of an area or field describes a person who had once experienced a tragic loss or hardship, but then later went on to accomplish great things. Gore's presidential bid in 2000 was considered tragic because he had won the popular vote but lost the electoral college to George W. Bush due to highly suspicious voting irregularities in a state governed by the winner's brother.
1. My geography professor is the Al Gore
of water. Every year, he travels to developing countries to help bring about improvements to irrigation for populations without safe sources of drinking water.
2. Dave Grohl is like the Al Gore of rock & roll. He experienced the sudden, tragic loss of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, yet went on to front the biggest rock band in the world with the long-running Foofighters.