Ralph J. Cicerone

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Ralph J. Cicerone
Born (1943-05-02) May 2, 1943 (age 73)
New Castle, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma mater
Thesis Monte Carlo and Thomson-scatter plasma-line studies of ionospheric photoelectrons (1970)
Doctoral advisor S. A. Bowhill
Notable awards Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2004)
President of the National Academy of Sciences
Assumed office
Preceded by Bruce Alberts
4th Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine
In office
Preceded by Laurel Wilkening
Succeeded by Michael V. Drake

Ralph John Cicerone (born May 2, 1943)[1] is an American atmospheric scientist and administrator. From 1998 to 2005, he was the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. From 2005 to 2016, he was the president of the National Academy of Sciences.

Early life and education[edit]

Cicerone was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering, and obtained masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.[1][2]


Cicerone joined the University of Michigan as a research scientist, later holding faculty positions in electrical and computer engineering. In 1978 he moved to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego as a research chemist. He was appointed senior scientist and director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, in 1980. He held this position until 1989 when he joined the University of California, Irvine, as professor of earth system science and chaired the department of earth system science from 1989 to 1994, when he became Dean of Physical Sciences. Cicerone was recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to colleague F. Sherwood Rowland. In 1998 he became Chancellor of UC Irvine. Cicerone was also the 1999 laureate for the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. The American Geophysical Union awarded him its 2002 Roger Revelle Medal, and the World Cultural Council honored him with the Albert Einstein World Award of Science in 2004.[3] Cicerone served as UCI chancellor until 2005, when he left to head the National Academy of Sciences.[1][2]

Cicerone is also a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Advisory Board[4] and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society. [5]

The baseball field at UC Irvine's Anteater Ballpark was named after Cicerone in 2009.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "Anteater Chronicles". previous.lib.uci.edu. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.nasonline.org/member-directory/members/56935.html
  3. ^ "Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2004". Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.usasciencefestival.org/about/advisors
  5. ^ "New Fellows 2012". Royal Society. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark". UCIrvine.PrestoSports.com. UC Irvine Sports Information. Archived from the original on 2012-08-13. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Cicerone's Field of Dreams at uci.edu, URL accessed November 23, 2009. Archived 11/23/09

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