Ralph J. Cicerone, Ph.D.

National Academy of Sciences
Ralph J. Cicerone, Ph.D.

Ralph J. Cicerone became president of The National Academy of Sciences in 2005. His research in atmospheric chemistry and climate change has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy at the highest levels, nationally and internationally.

His research was recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry award to UCI colleague F. Sherwood Rowland. In 1997, he received a United Nations Environment Program Ozone Award for research in and protecting the earthís ozone layer. The Franklin Institute recognized his outstanding contributions to the understanding of greenhouse gases, ozone depletion and his fundamental research in biogeochemistry with the 1999 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. In 2001, he led a National Academy of Sciences study of the current state of climate change and its impact on the environment and human health, requested by President Bush. The American Geophysical Union awarded him its 2002 Roger Revelle Medal for outstanding research contributions to the understanding of Earthís atmospheric processes, biogeochemical cycles or other key elements of the climate system and its James B. Macelwane Award in 1979 for outstanding contributions to geophysics. In 2004, the World Cultural Council honored him with the Albert Einstein World Award in Science.

Cicerone is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has served as President of the American Geophysical Union. He also served as the fourth chancellor of the University of California at Irvine, 1998-2005.

He received his bachelorís degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was also a varsity baseball player, and both his masterís and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois in electrical engineering, with a minor in physics.

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