Ralph J. Cicerone, Ph.D.
An internationally acclaimed atmospheric scientist and former dean of the UCI School of Physical Sciences, Ralph J. Cicerone became UCIs fourth chancellor in 1998. His research interests in atmospheric chemistry and climate change have involved him in shaping science policy at the highest levels, with a host of national and international agencies.
In 1997, he received a prestigious United Nations Environment Program Ozone Award for research in protecting the earths fragile ozone layer. His research was also recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel prize in chemistry awarded to UCI colleague F. Sherwood Rowland. Most recently, The Franklin Institute recognized his outstanding contributions to the understanding of greenhouse gases, ozone depletion and his research in biogeochemistry by selecting Cicerone as the 1999 laureate for the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. One of the richest and most prestigious American awards in science, the Bower also recognizes his public policy leadership in protecting the global environment.
Cicerone is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as President of the American Geophysical Union, the worlds largest society of earth scientists, and he received its James B. Macelwane Award in 1979 for outstanding contributions to geophysics. Currently, he serves on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and is a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology.
Cicerone joined UC Irvine in 1989 as the founding Chair of the Department of Geoscience (now Earth System Science). He was appointed the Daniel G. Aldrich Professor of Earth System Science in 1989 and chaired the Department of Earth System Science from 1989-94. While serving as Dean of Physical Sciences for the next four years, he brought outstanding faculty to the school and strengthened its curriculum and outreach programs.
During his early career at the University of Michigan, he was a research scientist and held faculty positions in electrical and computer engineering. In 1978 he joined the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego as a research chemist. Immediately prior to joining UCI, Cicerone was a senior scientist and Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
He received his bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.
Chancellor Cicerone is a native of Pennsylvania and the first in his family to attend college. He is married to Carol Cicerone, UCI Professor of Cognitive Sciences, and they have one daughter, Sara, who works as a structural engineer for a company based in New York City.