Crutzen, Paul J.

Paul J. Crutzen is currently Emeritus Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, where he had previously served as Scientific Director (1983-1985) and as Scholar (1980-2000). He has also been Professor at the University of Chicago (1987-91), the Scripps Research Institute (1992-2008), and the University of Utrecht (1997-2000). Crutzen won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995 (shared with M.J. Molina and F.S. Rowland) for his work demonstrating the effects of nitrous oxide on ozone layer depletion. He has been the recipient of numerous other awards and honors since 1985, including membership in the academies of sciences of the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Sweden, and Russia. Crutzen earned his PhD (1968) and DSc (1973) in Meteorology from the University of Stockholm.