Ralph J. Cicerone, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) president, world-renowned authority on atmospheric chemistry and climate change, and NAS Gulf Research Program founder has passed away on November 5, 2016 at the age of 73.
Throughout Cicerone’s tenure as the NAS president, he remained an advocate and practitioner of independent scientific advice for the purpose of informing government and public decision-making and discourse.
The Gulf Research Program
Among Cicerone’s many significant accomplishments is the creation of a $500 million NAS Gulf Research Program following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
This program worked to improve oil system safety as well as human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico. This program served community needs where attempts to help via Deepwater Horizon claims may have failed.
A Model for Progress
Marcia McNutt, Cicerone’s successor as president of the NAS, stated, “Ralph Cicerone was a model for all of us of not only doing what counts, but doing it with honesty, integrity, and deep passion.”
Cicerone is survived by his wife, their daughter, and two grandchildren.
You can read more about Cicerone, here: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/11/05/gone-too-soon-ralph-cicerone-a-quiet-force-for-scientific-progress-in-a-divisive-climate/