Robert Duce

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Robert Duce
Born (1935-04-09) April 9, 1935 (age 82)
Midland, Ontario, Canada
Other names Bob, Robert
Citizenship United States (Naturalized), Canada (Renounced)
Nationality Canada
Fields Atmospheric Chemistry, Marine Chemistry,
Institutions Texas A&M University
Alma mater Baylor University (Undergraduate), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
Thesis  (1964)
Known for Atmospheric and marine chemistry
Spouse Mary Elizabeth (Untz) Duce
Children Patricia Duce Brown, David Robert Duce

Robert A. Duce (born April 9, 1935) is a pioneer in the study of atmospheric chemistry, and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus[1] at Texas A&M University. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of chemical exchanges between the atmosphere and the oceans, and the global cycle of trace elements.[2] Dr. Duce received a B.S., chemistry (1957) from Baylor University and a Ph.D in the subject of inorganic and nuclear chemistry (1964) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was also a post-doctoral fellow. (1965) His thesis title was "Determination of iodine, bromine, and chlorine in the marine atmosphere by neutron activation analysis".

Dr. Duce served as Assistant, then Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hawaii from 1965 to 1970, when he move to Associate professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. In 1973 he became full professor at the University of Rhode Island, and held that position until 1987, when he was promoted to Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography and Vice Provost for Marine Affairs. In 1987 he was appointed Dean, College of Geosciences and Maritime Studies at Texas A&M University. In 1997 he resigned his position as Dean, and remained at Texas A&M University as Professor of Oceanography and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences. He received the honor of University Distinguished Professor in 2006. He remains University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences to the present.

Dr. Duce has served with a vast number of national and international organizations, including:

He was the recipient of a festschrift in 2013, the American Meteorological Society 2013 Robert A. Duce Symposium.[4]


  1. ^ "School Profile". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Google Scholar Profile". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "GESAMP Official Site". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "AMS Honors Robert Duce". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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