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University of Auckland, New Zealand;

B.Sc. in Chemistry and Pure and Applied Mathematics

Curriculum Vitae
Ronald G. Prinn

University of Auckland, New Zealand;
M.Sc. with first class honors in Chemistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

Sc.D. in Chemistry

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


1964, 65, 66







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:

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

Co-chairman, NSF/NASA/NOAA Global Tropospheric Chemistry Program

1974-1977 1974-1975

1975 1976-1977





1981-1984 1982-1984

1982 1981-1982



1983-1985 1983-1986

1983-1987 1984-1986 1985-1986

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, IGBP/IAMAP International Global Atmospheric Chemistry
(IGAC) Project Steering Committee

NAS/NRC Committee on Cooperation with the USSR in Planetary Science
ICSUДGBP Special Committee

NAS/NRC US National Committee for SCOPE

NASA Space Science and Applications Advisory Committee

ICSUДGBP Scientific Committee

NASA Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change Steering Committee

1975 NASA Workshop
1975 DOT/CIAP Workshop
1977 NASA/JPL Workshop
1978 NAS/SSB Workshop
1979 NASA Workshop
1980 NASA Workshop

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

1982 NASA Workshop
1983 NAS/NRC Workshop
1987 Dahlem Konferenzen
1988 UCAR/OIES Workshop
1990 UCAR/OIES Workshop
1990 WCRP Workshop

1992 Chair, NATO Advanced Research


1993 Chair, First IGAC Scientific


Atmospheric Physics






Biogeochemical Ocean-Atmosphere Transfers


Atmospheric Biospheric Chemistry

UCAR/OIES Global Change Institute Integrated Assessment Modeling

American Geophysical Union



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International Council of Scientific Unions
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
International Union of Geodesy and


Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Academy of Sciences


International Association of Meteorology and

National Research Council

1984-1986 1985














National Aeronautics and Space

University Corporation for Atmospheric
World Climate Research Programme

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)


(* = sole or principal author)

*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, 1601-1603.


*Photochemistry of HCI and other minor constituents in the atmosphere of Venus. J. Atmos. Sci, 28, 1058-1068.

*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. Amas Sa, 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, 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).

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
F.N. 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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