Paul J. Crutzen – Curriculum Vitae

The following is the curriculum vitae of Paul Josef Crutzen, born 3 December, 1933, in Amsterdam, Holland, Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. He is married, with two children.


High School: 1946-1951, Amsterdam, Holland.
Civil Engineering, 1951-1954, Amsterdam, Holland.
Academic Studies and Research Activities 1959-1973 at the University of Stockholm
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.
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).


Other functions

Member of the International Ozone Commission and of the International Commission of the Upper Atmosphere of IAMAP (International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics) (1974-1984).

Member of NASA Stratospheric Research Advisory Committee (1975-1977).

Member, Atmospheric Sciences Advisory Committee, National Foundation (1977-1979).

Member, Committee of Atmospheric Sciences (CAS), National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. (1978-1980).

Member, Advisory Committee, High Altitude Pollution Program, Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), U.S.A. (1978-1982).

Member, Commission of Air Chemistry and Global Air Pollution (CACGP) of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics (IAMAP) (1979-1990).

Member of Special Inter-Ministerial Advisory Commission on Forest Damage in the Federal Republic of Germany (1983-1987).

Member, Commission of the Parliament of the F.R.G. for the "Protection of the Earth's Atmosphere" (Enquete-Kommission zum Schutz der Erdatmosphäre) (1987-1990).

Member (present and past) of various research advisory committees of the German Science Foundation (DFG) and Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Member of Steering Committees of the SCOPE/ICSU effort to estimate the environmental consequences of a nuclear war (SC OPE/ENUWAR) (1984-1988).

Member of the Kuratorium (Board of Trustees) of the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg (1984-present).

Member, Executive Board of SCOPE (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Enviroment) of the International Council of Scientific Unions and Chairman of the National SCOPE Committee of the FRG (1986-1989).

Member of Special Committee and Executive Committee, and Chairman of Coordinating Panel I of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) (1986-1990).

Chairman of the Steering Committee of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Programme, a Core Project of the IGBP (1987-1990); Vice-Chairman (1990-1996).

Chairman of the European IGAC Project Office (1992-1996).

Member of the Kuratorium (Board of Trustees) of the Fraunhofer-Institut für atmosphärische Umweltforschung, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (19871994); Chairman (1992-1994).

Editor "Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry".

Member, Editorial Board "Tellus".

Member, Editorial Board "Climate Dynamics".

Member Editorial Advisory Board "Issues in Environmental Science and Technology", Royal Society of Chemistry, Britain.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University Utrecht, Netherlands (1993-present).

Reviewing Editor "Science" (1993-present).

Member of the Advisory Council of the Volvo Environment Prize (1993-present) .

Member of STAP (Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel) Roster of Experts of the United Nations Environment Programme (1993-present).

Member of the European Environmental Research Organisation (EERO) (1993-present).

Member of the Prix Lemaitre Committee (1994-present).

Member of the Steering Committee on Global Environmental Change of International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria (1994-present).

Member of the SPINOZA Prize Committee of Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) (1994-1995).

Member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Britain (1995-)

Member, Executive Board of Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte (GDNÄ, German Society of Natural Scientists and Physicians) (1995present).

Awards and honours


Over 170 refereed and 50 other research publications in specialist publications, 4 books (co-authored), 4 books (edited).

Main research interest

Atmospheric chemistry and its role in biogeochemical cycles and climate.

From Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 1995, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 1996

This CV was written at the time of the award and later published in the book series Les Prix Nobel/Nobel Lectures. The information is sometimes updated with an addendum submitted by the Laureate. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above.


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