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Curriculum Vitae
Ronald G. Prinn



University of Auckland, New Zealand;

B.Sc. in Chemistry and Pure and Applied Mathematics University of Auckland, New Zealand;

M.Sc. with first class honors in Chemistry Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Sc.D. in Chemistry



1970–71 1971-76 1974-77




Professional Positions:

NASA Graduate Assistant, MIT Department of Chemistry
Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Meteorology
Faculty resident, Baker House, MIT
Associate Professor, MIT Department of Meteorology

and Physical Oceanography
Visiting Associate Professor, Caltech, Division of

Geological and Planetary Sciences Professor, MIT Department of Meteorology

and Physical Oceanography Professor, MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric,

and Planetary Sciences Director, MIT Center for Global Change Science Co-Director, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, MIT

University of New Zealand Junior Scholar
University of New Zealand Fowlds Prize for the most distinguished

student in the faculty of science
University of New Zealand Postgraduate Scholar in Science
NASA Group Achievement Award to members of the Pioneer Venus

Multiprobe Science Team American Geophysical Union James B. Macelwane Medal for significant contributions to the Geophysical Sciences by

a young scientist of outstanding ability Elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union V.I. Vernadsky Memorial Lecturer, V.I. Vernadsky Institute,

USSR Academy of Sciences

1983-1992 1990–present 1991-present 1993-present

1964, 65, 66






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Academic Summary:

Professor Prinn currently teaches three subjects in Atmospheric Sciences at MIT: “Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry: Parts I and II”, and “Global Climate Change: Economics, Science and Policy” and in the past he has taught courses in “Global Change Science”, “Physical Meteorology”, “Atmospheric Radiation”, “Chemistry and Dynamics of Upper Atmospheres”, “A guided Tour of the Planets”, and “Atmospheric Chemistry and Radiation”. He served as a freshman advisor from 1971 to 1976 and as a faculty resident at Baker House from 1974 to 1977. He currently directs the MIT Center for Global Change Science and co-directs the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the MIT Press and the Executive Committee of the MIT Council on the Global Environment. He is a past member of MIT's J.R. Killian Award Selection Committee, MIT's Committee on Graduate School Policy, and MIT's Committee on Toxic Chemicals. Scientific Experience:

Dr. Prinn's principal research interests involve the chemistry, dynamics and physics of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets, and the chemical evolution of atmospheres. Dr. Prinn is currently Principal Investigator on a wide range of projects in atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry, planetary science, climate science, and integrated assessment of science and policy regarding climate change. Support for these projects comes from several U.S. Federal agencies (NSF, NASA, NOAA, EPA, DOE), national and international industrial sponsors (TEPCO, EPRI, Exxon, BP, Shell, ABB, RWE/Rheinbraun, Chevron, Arco, Mobil, Petrofina, Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Statoil, Texaco, the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (Ford, General Motors, Chrysler]), the Norwegian Ministries of Industry and Trade, Finance, Foreign Affairs, and Environment, and The J. Unger Vetlesen Foundation. Advisory Activities:

Dr. Prinn is an associate editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (AGU) and a member of the editirial board of the International Journal of Environment and Pollution. He has previously served as Editor for atmospheric sciences for EOS (AGU) and Associate Editor of Global Biogeochemical Cycles (AGU). He has served or is currently serving on the following scientific advisory committees:

1974-1977 1974-1975 1975 1976-1977 1977-1978 1977-1981

UCAR University Relations Committee
NASA Outer Planetary Probes Science Study Group
DOT/CIAP Panel on the Perturbed Stratosphere
NASA Terrestrial Planets Science Study Group
AGU Planetology Section Nominations Committee
NAS/NRC Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration
IUGG/IAMAP International Commission on Planetary Atmospheres

and their Evolution
NASA Advisory Council Innovation Subcommittee
NAS/NRC Space Science Board
Chairman, NAS/NRC Committee on Earth Sciences
NASA Steering Committee for the Global Habitability Study
NASA Biogenic Elements Science Study Group
NASA/SSEC Working Group for Terrestrial Planet Atmospheres
UCAR Scientific Programs Evaluation Committee Panel for Review of

NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry and Aeronomy Division
NASA University Relations Study Group
American Meteorology Society Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry
NASA Earth System Sciences Committee
NAS/NRC US Committee for an International Geosphere-Biosphere Program
NAS/NRC/SSB Task Group on Earth Sciences

1978-1995 1979 1981-1984 1982-1984 1982 1981-1982 1982

1983 1983-1985 1983-1986 1983-1987 1984-1986 1985-1986

1984–1986 1985 1986-1987 1986-1988 1986-1988 1987-1989 1987-1989

Plan Steering Committee
NAS NRC COSEPUP Research Briefing Panel on Remote Sensing of the Earth
NASA Space and Earth Sciences Computing Center Steering Committee
AGU Committee of Fellows
AGU Committee on Earth as a System
NAS NRC Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry
NAS NRC Committee on Mars Sample Return
IUGG AMAP International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry

and Global Pollution
Chairman, 1GBP/IAMAP International Global Atmospheric Chemistry

(IGAC) Project Steering Committee
NAS NRC Committee on Cooperation with the USSR in Planetary Science
ICSUAGBP Special Committee
NAS/NRC US National Committee for SCOPE
NASA Space Science and Applications Advisory Committee
ICSU/GBP Scientific Committee
NASA Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change Steering Committee


1988-1995 1989 1989-1990 1990–1992 1990–1992 1990-1995 1990–present

Dr. Prinn has also participated in the following studies/workshops which produced published proceedings:

1975 NASA Workshop

The Stratosphere, 1975–1980 1975 DOT/CIAP Workshop

The Stratosphere Perturbed by Propulsion Effluents 1977 NASA/JPL Workshop

The Dynamics of Earth and Planetary Atmospheres 1978 NAS/SSB Workshop

Comets, Asteroids, and Dust 1979 NASA Workshop

The Stratosphere: Present and Future 1980 NASA Workshop

Vibrational-Rotational Spectroscopy for Planetary

Atmospheres 1982 NASA Workshop

Global Habitability 1983 NAS/NRC Workshop

International Geosphere-Biosphere Program 1987 Dahlem Konferenzen

The Changing Atmosphere 1988 UCAROIES Workshop

Trace Gases and the Biosphere 1990 UCAR/OIES Workshop

Earth System Modeling 1990 WCRP Workshop

Global Tracer Transport Modeling 1992 Chair, NATO Advanced Research Workshop

Biogeochemical Ocean-Atmosphere Transfers 1993 Chair, First IGAC Scientific Conference

Atmospheric Biospheric Chemistry 1994 UCAR/OIES Global Change Institute Integrated Assessment Modeling

AGU American Geophysical Union

IAMAP International Association of Meteorology and
Atmospheric Physics

ICSU = International Council of Scientific Unions
IGBP = International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme

International Union of Geodesy and

JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NAS National Academy of Sciences

National Aeronautics and Space

NRC National Research Council

University Corporation for Atmospheric

World Climate Research Programme

(* = sole or principal author)

1970: Jupiter's clouds: structure and composition. Science, 169, 472–473 (with J.S. Lewis).

*UV radiative transfer and photolysis in Jupiter's atmosphere. Icarus, 13, 426_436. 1971: Chemistry and photochemistry of the atmosphere of Jupiter. In Theory and Experiment in

Exobiology , ed. A.A. Schwartz, Wolters-Noordhoff, Gronigen, 1, 123–142 (with
J.S. Lewis)
*Photochemistry of HCl and other minor constituents in the atmosphere of Venus.

J. Atmos. Sci, 28, 1058–1068. 1972: *Venus atmosphere: structure and stability of the CIOO radical. J. Atmos. Sci., 29, 1004

1007. 1973: *The atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune: a review. Planetary and Space Science, 21,

*The upper atmosphere of Venus: a review. In Physics and Chemistry of Upper
Atmospheres, ed. B.M. McCormac, D. Reidel, Dordrecht, 335–344.
*Uranus atmosphere: structure and composition. Astrophys. J., 179, 333–342 (with
J.S. Lewis).
Spectroscopy of Jupiter: 3200–11200 A. J Amos Sai, 30, 302–307, (with C. Pilcher and
T. McCord).
Titan revisited. Comments Astrophys. and Space Phys., 5, 1–7 (with J.S. Lewis).
*Venus: Composition and structure of the visible clouds. Science, 182, 1

1132-1135, 1974: *Venus: Vertical transport rates in the visible atmosphere. J. Atmos. Sci., 31, 1691-1697.

Preliminary results of the MIT photochemical-dynamical ozone model. In Proceedings of the Third Conference on the Climatic Impact Assessment Program. (A. Broderick and T. Hard, eds. Report No. DOT-TSC-OST 74-15, Nat. Tech. Inf. Service, Springfield,

Virginia 22151), 403–421 (with D.M. Cunnold, F.N. Alyea, and N. Phillips). 1975: A three-dimensional dynamical-chemical model of atmospheric ozone. J. Atmos. Sci., 32,

170–194 (with D.M. Cunnold, F.N. Alyea, and N. Phillips).
Stratospheric ozone destruction by aircraft-induced NOx. Science, 188, 117-121 (with
EN. Alyea and D.M. Cunnold).
*Stratospheric distributions of odd nitrogen and odd hydrogen in a two-dimensional
model. J. Geophys. Res., 80, 4997–5004 (with F.N. Alyea and D.M. Cunnold).
*Venus: Chemical and dynamical processes in the stratosphere and mesosphere. J. Atmos.
Sci., 32, 1237–1247.
*Phosphine on Jupiter and implications for the Great Red Spot. Science, 190, 274–276

(with J.S. Lewis.) 1976: *Chemistry and spectroscopy of the Jovian atmosphere. In Jupiter, ed. T. Gehrels, U. of

Arizona Press, 319–371 (with T. Owen).
*The impact of stratospheric variability on measurement programs for minor constituents.

Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 57, 689–699 (with F.N. Alyea and D.M. Cunnold). 1977: The dependence of ozone depletion on the latitude and altitude of injection of nitrogen

oxides by supersonic aircraft. Amer. Inst. Aero. and Astro. Journal, 15, 337–345 (with

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