Media Advisory 16-017
NSF, NSB Statement on Ralph J. Cicerone's passing at 73
Cicerone focused research community on environmental challenges
November 8, 2016
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Science Board (NSB) mourn the sudden death of Ralph. J. Cicerone, president emeritus of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He was 73.
"The NSF community is deeply saddened by the loss of a brilliant atmospheric scientist and dedicated advocate for the environment," NSF Director France Córdova said. "Ralph Cicerone was a change agent whose kindness and generosity in helping NSF will never be forgotten. Through his distinguished career, he remained determined to provide scientific advice and leadership to the halls of government."
Cicerone was the 21st president of NAS, a position he held for more than 11 years. Before his career with NAS, he served as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. His scientific contributions included pioneering research that showed the impact of man-made changes on Earth's atmosphere.
"Ralph brought scientists together to address environmental challenges and worked tirelessly to share the science behind global change with decision makers and members of the public," NSB Chair Maria Zuber said. "He worked to spur new discoveries and encourage policies to benefit people and our planet."
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