The Nobel Prize, IIASA, and Paul Crutzen

Professor Paul J. Crutzen won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone. Born in Amsterdam, Paul Crutzen trained as a civil engineer.

He is currently Emeritus Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, and Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

Professor Crutzen has had a long-standing affiliation with IIASA, starting in the 1980s when he collaborated with IIASA’s Sustainable Development of the Biosphere Project. Since 2004, he has also been an IIASA Institute Scholar researching, among others, the nitrous oxide emissions from biofuel production.

Of IIASA, he says: “Only an international, interdisciplinary research institute like IIASA can bring together experts from numerous disciplines and countries to effectively examine the global challenges facing our world. I only regret not having more time to spend at IIASA.”

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