Curriculum Vitae of Paul J. Crutzen

Born: December 3, 1933 in Amsterdam, Holland.

Family status: Married, two children.

Academic Studies:

  • Civil Engineering, 1951-1954, Amsterdam, Holland.
  • Academic Studies and Research Activities 1959-1973 at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
  • M.Sc. (Filosofie Kandidat), 1963.
  • Ph.D. (Filosofie Licentiat), Meteorology, 1968,

Title: "Determination of parameters appearing in the 'dry' and the 'wet' photochemical theories for ozone in the stratosphere", Examiner: Prof. Dr. Bert Bolin, Stockholm, Sweden.

  • D.Sc. (Filosofie Doctor), 1973, Stockholm,Sweden,

Title: "On the photochemistry of ozone in the stratosphere and troposphere and pollution of the stratosphere by high-flying aircraft", Promoters: Prof. Dr. John Houghton, FRS, Oxford, and Dr. R.P. Wayne, Oxford.
(Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees were given with the highest possible distinctions).


  • 1954 - 1958: Bridge Construction Bureau of the City of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 1956 - 1958: Military Service, The Netherlands.
  • 1958 - 1959: House Construction Bureau (HKB), Gaevle, Sweden.
  • 1959 - 1974: Various computer consulting teaching and research positions at the department of Meteorology of the University of Stockholm, Sweden, Latest positions: Research Associate Professor.
  • 1969 - 1971: Post-doctoral fellow of the European Space Research Organization at the Clarendon Laboratory of the University of Oxford, England.
  • 1974 - 1977:
    1. Research Scientist in the Upper Atmosphere Project, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder,Colorado, USA (half time)..
    2. Consultant at the Aeronomy Laboratory, Environmental Research Laboratories, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminisitration (NOAA), Boulder, Colorado, USA (half time).
  • 1977 - 1980: Senior Scientist and Director of the Air Quality Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1976 - 1981: Adjunct professor at the Atmospheric Sciences Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • 1980 - 2000: Member of the Max-Planck-Society for the Advancement of Science and Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz,  Germany.
  • 1983 - 1985: Executive Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany.
  • 1987 - 1991: Professor (part-time) at the Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, USA.
  • 1992 - 2008: 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 November 2000: Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz.
  • Since 2004: Institute Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria.
  • Since May 2008: Emeritus Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, USA.

Main Research Interests:

  • Atmospheric chemistry and its role in biogeochemical cylces and climate; climate-engineering; climate and biofuels.

Current and Past Functions:

  • Past Editor "Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry"; Member of Editorial Board.
  • Member of the Editorial Boards of "Tellus", "Climate Dynamics", "Issues in Environmental Science and Technology", "Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change".
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht (1993-1997).
  • Reviewing Editor "Science" (1993-1999).
  • Member of the STAP (Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel) Roster of Experts of the United Nations Environment Programme (1993-1998).
  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Volvo Environment Prize (1993-present).
  • Member of the Prix Lemaitre Committee, Belgium (1994-present).
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Britain (1995-present).
  • Member of the Executive Board of Gesellschaft Deutscher Ärzte und Naturforscher (GDN - German Society of Natural Scientists and Physicians), (1995-2000).
  • 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-present).
  • Member of the "Global Change" Committee of the German Research Council and the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, Germany (1998-1999).
  • Member of the Fifth Framework Programme External Advisory Group on "Global change, climate and biodiversity", European Commission, Brussels (1998-2000).
  • Co-Chief Scientist of the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX) (with Prof. V. Ramanathan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) (1999).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Berkeley (2000-present).
  • Member of the Framework Programme Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on "Global change, climate and biodiversity", European Commission, Brussels (2001-).
  • Member of the advisory  committee of the Institute: Urbanization, Emissions, and the Global Carbon Cycle, START, Washington DC (2002-).
  • Member of the International Polar Foundation, Brussels (2003-).
  • Member of the Founders' Assembly, Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance, Lindau (2003-)