Robert C. Dynes

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Robert C. Dynes
President of the University of California
In office
Chancellor the University of California, San Diego
In office
Personal details
Born (1942-11-08) 8 November 1942 (age 74)
London, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s) Christel Dynes (1968-1998) Frances Hellman (1998-2006) Ann Parode (2007-
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
McMaster University
Profession Academic administrator, physicist, professor, researcher
Institutions Bell Laboratories
University of California, San Diego
University of California
University of California, Berkeley

Robert Carr Dynes (born November 8, 1942, in London, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian-American physicist, researcher, and academic administrator, and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the former President of the University of California system, and former Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.


Early years[edit]

Dynes was born in Ontario, Canada, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Western Ontario in 1964. He then earned master's (1965) and doctorate (1968) degrees in physics from McMaster University. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1984.


Dynes worked at Bell Laboratories from 1964 to 1990, studying semiconductors and superconductors. He then became professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in 1991. In 1996 he became Chancellor of the UCSD campus, then in 2003 was chosen to be the 18th President of the University of California system.

Dynes' scientific honors include the 1990 Fritz London Memorial Prize in Low Temperature Physics and his 2001 election to the Council of the National Academy of Sciences, a society to which he was elected in 1989.

Dynes is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dynes remains active in his research and heads a modest sized low temperature physics laboratory at Berkeley.

After five tumultuous years as President of UC, filled with compensation scandals, the suicide of UCSC Chancellor Denice Denton and other challenges,[1][2][3] on August 13, 2007, Dynes announced he would resign his position as the President of the University of California to return to his teaching position and spend time with his new wife, Ann Parode. He resigned on August 16. 2007, and was replaced by Mark Yudof, formerly chancellor of the University of Texas.

In November 2008, Dynes' close aide and his UC Associate President Linda Morris Williams was awarded a controversial pay out[4][5] and re-hired as an Associate Chancellor at University of California, Berkeley by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. This event led President Mark Yudof to make changes to the buy out program.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Dynes naturalized to the United States in 1984. He married Cristel Dynes in 1968 and they divorced in January 1998. He married a physics professor, Frances Hellman,[8] in May 1998 and they divorced in 2006. He married a former UCSD legal counsel and UC Associate of the President, Ann Parode,[9] in March 2007.[8]



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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard C. Atkinson
Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego
Succeeded by
Marye Anne Fox
Preceded by
Richard C. Atkinson
President of the University of California
Succeeded by
Mark Yudof