Ralph J. Cicerone is President of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has focused on atmospheric chemistry and climate change due to greenhouse gases.
His scientific work has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy nationally and internationally. Amongst his awards are the Franklin Institute’s 1999 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, the American Geophysical Union’s 2002 Roger Revelle Medal and the World Cultural Council’s 2004 Albert Einstein World Award 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.
Dr. Cicerone is an elected member of numerous science academies worldwide. Dr. Cicerone was educated at the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology and the University of Illinois. At the University of California, Irvine, he was founding chair of the Department of Earth System Science and the Daniel G. Aldrich Professor of Earth System Science; Dean of the School of Physical Sciences; and Chancellor, immediately prior to his election as NAS President in 2005. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.