Photo of Ralph Cicerone speaking to studentsThe Department of Earth System Science is feeling a profound sense of loss with the passing of our founder, and beloved friend and colleague, Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone. Dr. Cicerone's commitment to integrity and collegiality are principles he embedded in the founding of this department and ones we will hold dear in his honor. 

From Chancellor Gillman's letter of November 5th:

For his powerful and profound work as a chemist and Earth system scientist, and for his recognized stature in his discipline, we in academia salute Ralph Cicerone. For his courageous work uncovering the causes and effects of climate change, the world owes him a debt of gratitude. And from UCI, we offer Ralph our own special thanks for his extraordinary contributions to the global preeminence of this institution. His support of and devotion to our campus continues to be felt by students, faculty, staff and alumni today. Ralph will be dearly missed.


As an enduring tribute to his life and legacy, we encourage you to leave your thoughts and memories of Dr. Cicerone here:


Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund in Earth System Science

For several years now, the primary funding priority for the Department of Earth System Science has been to raise funds for an endowed chair and graduate student fellowship fund. In the Spring of 2018, James T. Randerson became the inaugural Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Chair in Earth System Science.

Please join us in creating this enduring legacy, go to: to contribute.

Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone's Legacy in UCI News | November 2016

Dr. Cicerone featured in Earth & Space Science News | June 2016

Media About Ralph J. Cicerone

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