Prof. Paul J. Crutzen
iCACGP Honorary Member
Utrecht University, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Emeritus.
Max Planck Institute, Atmospheric Chemistry Division (former Director)
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Research Interests        Awards        Publications        Detailed CV
Academic 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.
  • March 2009-April 2009 Visiting Professor, Seoul National University, South Korea.
  • Other functions:   

    Past Editor "Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry"; Member of Editorial Board until 2009.

    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).

    Awards, Honours:   
  • 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;
    Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences;
    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, Universitéatholique de Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium;
    Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences;
    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);
    Foreign Associate of the U.S. Academy of Sciences;
    Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecturer in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel;
    Doctor, honoris causa, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England;
    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.);
    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;
    Doctor, honoris causa, Aristotles University, Thessaloniki, Greece;
    "Commandeur in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw" (appointed by the Queen of The Netherlands;
    Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences;
    Honorary Member of the International Ozone Commission;
    Recipient of the Bundesverdienstorden (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany).
  • 1997
    Honorary Member of the American Meteorological Society;
    Honorary Member of the European Geophysical Society (EGS);
    Erasmus Lecturer and Medalist of the Academia Europeae, Gent, Belgium;
    Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma, Italy;
    Doctor, honoris causa, University of Liè, Belgium;
    Doctor, honoris causa, University of San JoséCosta Rica;
    Doctor, honoris causa, Tel Aviv University, Israel;
    Doctor, honoris causa, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA;
    Doctor, honoris causa, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile;
    Doctor, honoris causa, Universitée Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
  • 1998
    Doctor, honoris causa, University of Athens, Greece;
    Ceremonial Lecture at the Annual Assembly of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society), Regensburg;
    Honorary Member of the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP).
  • 1999
    Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
    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;
    Named "Hero of the Planet" by Time Magazine, Special Edition, Earth Day, (April-May 2000).
  • 2001
    Doctor, honoris causa, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece;
    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);
    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).
  • Goldn Medal (highest destination) given by the Academy of Athens, October 22, 2003. Honorary Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China, 2004.
  • 2005
    Honorary Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, April 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
    Foreign Member of the British Royal Society, London, Uk
    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
    Honorary doctoral degree, Environmental Engineering, Politecnico, Milan, Italy
  • 2008
    Recipient of the Capo d.Orlando Award, Discepolo Foundation, Vico Equense, Italy
    Honorary Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg, Austria
    Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals, Weston, Floriad, USA.
  • 2010
    Honorary Degree, University of Venice
  • Detailed CV