Paul J. Crutzen#

Obituary, Max Planck Society

Curriculum vitae#

University studies:

  • Meteorology, University of Stockholm, Sweden Ph.D. (Fil. lic.) 1968
  • Dr. Sc. 1973

Research positions:
  • pre-1974 Programmer, combined with Licentiat (Ph.D) and D.Sci studies and various teaching and research duties at the University of Stockholm; latest appointment Associate professor.
  • 1969-1971 Fellow of the European Space Research Organization at Oxford University, England.
  • 1974-1977 Consultant at the Aeronomy Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (half-time) and Researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Boulder (half-time), Colorado, USA.
  • 1977-1980 Senior Scientist and Director of the Air Quality Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1976-1981 Adjunct Professor at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
  • 1980-2000 Member of the Max-Planck-Society for the Advancement of Science and Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of the Max-Planck-Institute, Mainz.
  • 1987-1991 Professor (part-time), University of Chicago, Department of Geophysical Sciences, USA.
  • 1991-1992 Tage Erlander Professor of the Swedish Natural Research Council at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 1992-2008 Distinguished Professor (part-time), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, USA.
  • 1997-2000 Professor (part-time), Utrecht University, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, The Netherlands.
  • Since Nov 2000 Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
  • Since May 2008 Emeritus Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, USA.
  • Since March 2009 Visiting Professor, Seould National University, Korea.

Main scientific interest:

The role of atmospheric chemistry in climate and biogeochemical cycles.

Other functions:
  • Past Editor "Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry"; Member of Editorial Board.
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of several specialist publications on air chemistry and climate.
  • Member of the international special planning committee of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP) (1986-1990)
  • Member of various other national and international committees addressing the study of atmospheric chemistry, the stratosphere and climate.
  • Member of the German Parliament Committee for "The Protection of the Earth's Atmosphere" (1987-1990).
  • Vice-Chairman of the International Steering Committee of the IGAC (International Global Atmospheric Chemistry) Core Project of IGBP (1990-1996) and
  • Chairman of the European IGAC Project Office (1992-1998).
  • Reviewing Editor "Science" (1993–end of 1999).
  • Member of ESTA (European Science and Technology Assembly) of the European Union, Brussels (1997-1999).
  • Vice-Chairman of the Scientific Committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Project (SC-IGBP) (1998-2003).
  • Member of the “Global Change” Committee of the German Research Council and the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, Germany (1998-1999).
  • Co-Chief Scientist of the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX) (with Prof. V. Ramanathan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) (1997-1999).
  • Member of the Fifth Framework Programme External Advisory Group on “Global change, climate and biodiversity”, European Commission, Brussels (1998-2000).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Berkeley (2000-).
  • Member of the Framework Programme Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on “Global change, climate and biodiversity”, European Commission, Brussels (2001-2003).
  • Member of the ABC (Atmospheric Brown Clouds) Steering Committee (2002-2005)
  • Co-Chief scientist of the ABC (Atmospheric Brown Clouds) Science Team (2002-).
  • Member of the “Council on the Future”, UNESCO, Paris (2003-).
  • Member of the International Polar Foundation, Brussels (2003-).
  • Member of the Founders’ Assembly, Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners meetings at Lake Constance, Lindau (2003-).
  • Member of the Honorary Board of The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the Angelo Roncalli International Committee, Jerusalem (2003-).
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Abdus Salam), Trieste (2004-).
  • Fellow of the Literary & Historical Society, University College of Dublin (2004-).
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington (2004).
  • Associate Fellow of TWAS (the Third World Academy of Sciences), Trieste (2004-).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Mariolopoulos-Kanaguinis Foundation for Environmental Sciences, Athens (2004-).
  • Member of the ABC science team (2005-).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of The National Society of High School Scholars, Atlanta (2005-).
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, U.S.A. (2005-).
  • Member of the Scientific Council of European Research Council, Brussels, Belgium (2005-2008).
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the CREF-Cyprus Institute, Cyprus (2008-).


Over 300 refereed and more than 100 unrefereed research publications in specialist publications, 4 books (co-authored) and 4 books (edited).

Honours and Awards:
  • 1960 Name “Crutzen” given to asteroid n° 9679, discovered by C.J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld on September 24, 1960.
  • 1985 Leo Szilard Prize for "Physics in the Public Interest", American Physical Society.
  • 1986 Doctor, honoris causa, York University, Canada;
  • 1986 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences;
  • 1986 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
  • 1988 Founding Member, Academia Europaea.
  • 1989 Recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environment.
  • 1990 Correspondent to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
  • 1991 Recipient of the Volvo Environmental Prize.
  • 1992 Doctor, honoris causa, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium;
  • 1992 Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences;
  • 1992 Member, Leopoldina, Halle (since July 2008 “Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften”).
  • 1993 Honorary Professor University of Mainz.
  • 1994 Recipient of the German Environmental Prize (Federal Foundation for the Environment);
  • 1994 Foreign Associate of the U.S. Academy of Sciences;
  • 1994 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecturer in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel;
  • 1994 Doctor, honoris causa, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England;
  • 1994 Recipient of the Max-Planck-Forschungspreis (with Dr. M. Molina, U.S.A.).
  • 1995 Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (with Dr. M. Molina and Dr. F.S. Rowland, U.S.A.);
  • 1994 Recipient of the Global Ozone Award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Protection of the Ozone Layer" by UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).
  • 1996 Recipient of The Louis J. Battan Author's Award (with Dr. T.E. Graedel) by the American Meteorological Society;
  • 1996 Doctor, honoris causa, Aristotles University, Thessaloniki, Greece;
  • 1996 "Commandeur in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw" (appointed by the Queen of The Netherlands;
  • 1996 Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences;
  • 1996 Honorary Member of the International Ozone Commission;
  • 1996 Recipient of the Bundesverdienstorden (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany).
  • 1997 Honorary Member of the American Meteorological Society;
  • 1997 Honorary Member of the European Geophysical Society (EGS);
  • 1997 Erasmus Lecturer and Medalist of the Academia Europeae, Gent, Belgium;
  • 1997 Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, Italy;
  • 1997 Doctor, honoris causa, University of Liège, Belgium;
  • 1997 Doctor, honoris causa, University of San José, Costa Rica;
  • 1997 Doctor, honoris causa, Tel Aviv University, Israel;
  • 1997 Doctor, honoris causa, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA;
  • 1997 Doctor, honoris causa, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile;
  • 1997 Doctor, honoris causa, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
  • 1998 Doctor, honoris causa, University of Athens, Greece;
  • 1998 Ceremonial Lecture at the Annual Assembly of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society), Regensburg;
  • 1998 Honorary Member of the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP).
  • 1999 Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • 1999 H. Julian Allen Award 1998, for the outstanding scientific paper (co-authored) of 1998 at NASA Ames Research Center.
  • 2000 Honorary Member of the Swedish Meteorological Society;
  • 2000 Named "Hero of the Planet" by Time Magazine, Special Edition, Earth Day, (April-May 2000).
  • 2001 Doctor, honoris causa, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece;
  • 2001 Honored by the Karamanlis Institute for Democracy Athens, Greece, for outstanding contributions to Science and Society;
  • Worldwide most cited author in the Geosciences with 2911 citations from 110 publications during the decade 1991-2001, ISI (Institute for Scientific Information, Philadelphia, USA), issue Nov./Dec. 2001
  • Member of the Council of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences;
  • Honorary Chairman “Climate Conference 2001”, 20.-24. August, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • 2002 Doctor, honoris causa, Nova Gorica Polytechnic, Slovenia (since March, 2006 Nova Gorica University);
  • 2002 Doctor, honoris causa, University of Hull, United Kingdom;
  • 2003 Crutzen Prize awarded for best paper to a participant in International Young Scientists’ Global Change START Conference, Trieste, Italy, November 16-19, 2003.
  • 2004 Honorary Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGS).
  • 2004 Golden Medal (highest destination) given by the Academy of Athens, October 22, 2003.
  • 2004 Honorary Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2004.
  • 2005 Honorary Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, April 2005.
  • 2005 Distinguished Lecturer in Science, The Hongkong University of Science and Technology, School of Science.
  • Recipient of the UNEP/WMO Vienna Convention Award.
  • 2006 Recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Medal 2006, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India
  • 2006 Foreign Member of the British Royal Society, London, Uk
  • 2006 Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, San Francisco, USA.
  • 2007 Election to International Member of the American Philosophical Society, Class 1, USA
  • 2007 Honorary doctoral degree, Environmental Engineering, Politecnico, Milan, Italy
  • 2008 Recipient of the Capo d’Orlando Award, Discepolo Foundation, Vico Equense, Italy
  • 2008 Honorary Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg, Austria
  • 2008 Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals, Weston, Floriad, USA.
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