President of the National Academy of Sciences and Atmospheric Scientist
Ralph J. Cicerone is President of the National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the National Research Council. His work on atmospheric chemistry, climate change and energy has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy at the highest levels, nationally and internationally.
He was elected president of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005, and is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Academia Nazionale dei Lincei, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
His work has been recognized by the American Geophysical Union with its Macelwane Award and its Roger Revelle Medal, by the Franklin Institute with its Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, and by the World Cultural Council with its Albert Einstein World Award in Science, among others.
Cicerone received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Both his master’s and doctoral degrees are from the University of Illinois in electrical engineering, with a minor in physics. He has held appointments at the University of Michigan, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of California, Irvine, where he was the founding chair of the Department of Earth System Science, Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, and Chancellor.