Charles F. Kennel (born 1939) is an American scientist and member of the United States National Academy of Sciences born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kennel received a bachelor's degree in astronomy from Harvard College and a doctorate in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. In 1997 he received the James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics. In 2009, he was advertised by NASA Watch as a potential pick by Barack Obama as the next NASA Administrator.
Charles Kennel is a former Associate Administrator of NASA. He was the director of Mission to Planet Earth, a program during the Clinton Administration to perform a comprehensive survey and observation of our home planet. He was a member and chair of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) Science Committee which he quit in 2006.
- Ninth Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Vice Chancellor of Marine Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, from 1998 to 2006.
- Member and chair of the NASA Advisory Council (1998–2006)
- Chair of the National Academy of Science's Space Studies Board
- In May 2009 Kennel was named a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee an independent review requested by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on May 7, 2009.
- In January 2014 Kennel was elected the inaugural Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), University of Cambridge. 
- Unstable growth of unducted whistlers propagating at an angle to the geomagnetic field - 1966 - Trieste : International Atomic Energy Agency, International Centre for Theoretical Physics
- What we have learned from the magnetosphere - 1974 - Los Angeles, Calif. : Plasma Physics Group, University of California, Los Angeles
- Matter in motion : the spirit and evolution of physics - 1977 - Charles F. Kennel and Ernest S. Abers - Boston : Allyn and Bacon
- Convection And Substorms: Paradigms Of Magnetospheric Phenomenology - 1996 - Oxford University Press, Usa - ISBN 0-19-508529-9
- The Climate Threat We Can Beat, in May/June 2012 Foreign Affairs with David G. Victor, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, and Kennel (website is paid while article is current)
- CCST Fellow Charles F. Kennel
- Biobytes: Charles Kennel, Scripps Institution of Oceanography The San Diego Union-Tribune
- The Force Is Strong With This One NASA Watch January 9, 2009
- More names mentioned for NASA post MSNBC By Brian Berger and Becky Iannotta
- Q&A with Charles Kennel, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- Obama wants scientist at NASA, sources say SmartBrief
- CSaP welcomes inaugural Visiting Research Fellow
Edward A. Frieman
|Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography