About Ralph J. Cicerone
Cicerone became president of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. His research in atmospheric chemistry and climate change has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy at the highest levels, nationally and internationally.
His research was recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to his colleague at the University of California at Irvine, F. Sherwood Rowland. In 1997 Cicerone received a United Nations Environment Program Ozone Award for research in protecting the earth's ozone layer. The Franklin Institute recognized his outstanding contributions to the understanding of greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, and his fundamental research in biogeochemistry with the 1999 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. In 2001 he led a National Academy of Sciences study requested by President Bush on the current state of climate change and its impact on the environment and human health. The result of the study was the influential report "Climate Change Science." The American Geophysical Union awarded him its James B. Macelwane Award in 1979 for outstanding contributions to geophysics and its 2002 Roger Revelle Medal for outstanding research contributions to the understanding of Earth's atmospheric processes, biogeochemical cycles, or other key elements of the climate system. In 2004 the World Cultural Council honored him with the Albert Einstein World Award in Science.
Cicerone is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has served as president of the American Geophysical Union. From 1999 to 2005 he served as the fourth chancellor of the University of California at Irvine.
He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was also a varsity baseball player, and both his master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering with a minor in physics from the University of Illinois.
About the Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture
The Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture was established in 1990 to emphasize to the general public the positive role that the chemical and molecular sciences play in our lives. Ullyot Lectures are held annually and are open to the public. Ullyot lecturers are distinguished in their fields, nationally recognized, and able to communicate to a nonscientific audience. Past Ullyot Lecturers
The Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture is jointly sponsored by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of the Sciences, and the Philadelphia Section and Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society.
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