Release Date: October 24, 2016
Washington, D.C., October 24, 2016 – During its 2016 annual meeting, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) honored Ralph J. Cicerone, President Emeritus of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), with the title of NAE Distinguished Honoree.
Cicerone is only the fifth recipient of this recognition. He is honored for his tenure at the NAS where he rendered great service to the engineering profession in the United States and to the NAE through his deep understanding and appreciation of the interplay of science and engineering and their importance to the nation's welfare. He is also honored for his contribution in the formation and public presentation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a visionary and transformational statement of the balance of responsibilities and partnerships of the three academies.
The Distinguished Honoree award is presented by the NAE Council, whose bylaws stipulate that the Council is authorized to confer the title on any living individual in recognition of outstanding achievement in, or distinguished service to, the advancement of engineering and its benefits to humanity, the engineering profession, or the NAE.
Cicerone is a globally recognized expert in atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and energy. He has been involved in shaping science and environmental policy at the highest levels nationally and internationally. In 2001, Cicerone led a NAS study of the current state of climate change and its impact on the environment and human health, requested by President Bush. In addition to membership in the NAS, Cicerone is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Academia Sinica of Taiwan, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Korean Academy of Science and Technology. He has served as president of the American Geophysical Union, the world's largest society of earth scientists.
The mission of the NAE is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The three National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, form an independent, nonprofit body chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, engineering, technology, and health.