Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Ph.D.
Veerabhadran (“Ram”) Ramanathan is Victor Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences and director of the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He has contributed to many areas of the atmospheric sciences including developments to general circulation models, atmospheric chemistry, and radiative transfer. He has been a part of major projects such as the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX) and the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE), and is known for his contributions to the area of atmospheric aerosol research. He has received numerous awards, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Science. Regarded as one of the foremost figures in the field of climate research, he has been an advisor to both Pope Francis and California’s Governor “Jerry” Brown on climate. In 2013, he received the “Champions of the Earth award”, the UN’s highest environmental award. Ram was instrumental in organizing a Vatican conference on climate change in 2014, which provided much of the input for Laudato Si’.