Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone
President, US National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone is an atmospheric scientist whose research in atmospheric chemistry and climate change has shaped science and environmental policy at the highest levels, both nationally and internationally.

His research was recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to his University of California, Irvine colleague Frank Sherwood Rowland. The Franklin Institute recognized his fundamental contributions to the understanding of greenhouse gases and ozone depletion by selecting Dr. Cicerone as the 1999 laureate for the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. One of the most prestigious American awards in science, the Bower also recognized his public policy leadership in protecting the global environment.

In 2001, at the request of President Bush, Dr. Cicerone led a National Academy of Sciences study of the current state of climate change and its impact on the environment and human health. The American Geophysical Union awarded him the 2002 Roger Revelle Medal for outstanding research contributions to the understanding of the Earth’s atmospheric processes, biogeochemical cycles, and other key elements of the climate system. In 2004, the World Cultural Council honored him with another of the scientific community’s most distinguished awards, the Albert Einstein World Award in Science.

Prior to becoming NAS president, Cicerone was the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine from 1998 to 2005. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has served as president of the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest society of earth scientists, and he received its James B. Macelwane Award in 1979 for outstanding contributions to geophysics.


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