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Irvine: Administrative Officers

Daniel Gaskill Aldrich, Jr., 1962-84
Daniel Gaskill Aldrich, Jr. was named first chancellor of the Irvine campus in 1962. Born in Northwood, New Hampshire, on July 12, 1918, he received the B.S. degree in 1939 from the University of Rhode Island, the M.S. degree in 1941 from the University of Arizona, and the Ph.D. degree in 1943 from the University of Wisconsin. Joining the University in 1943 as a junior chemist at the Citrus Experiment Station at Riverside, he progressed to the rank of chemist in the Agricultural Experiment Station and in 1955 was appointed professor of soils and chairman of the Department of Soils and Plant Nutrition at Berkeley and Davis. In 1958, he was named dean of the Universitywide Division of Agricultural Sciences and served in that capacity until 1963. He left the Irvine chancellorship in 1984 and was appointed acting chancellor at Riverside following Chancellor Rivera's death. He later served as interim chancellor at Santa Barbara from 1986-87. He died in 1990. source

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Jack W. Peltason, 1984-92
Jack W. Peltason was born on August 29, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. His first teaching job was at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, from 1947 to 1951. That was followed by a faculty post at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where in 1960 he was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In 1964, Peltason was recruited to help build UC's new Irvine campus and served as UCI's first academic vice chancellor. He was wooed back to the University of Illinois in 1967 as chancellor, during a turbulent period of student unrest. He held that job for 10 years, until 1977 when he was appointed president of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., a national organization of colleges and universities.

In 1984, he returned to UCI as Chancellor, the second in the campus's 26-year history. He served in that capacity until 1992, when he assumed the office of UC President, a position he held until 1995. source

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Laurel L. Wilkening, 1993-98
Laurel L. Wilkening was appointed by the Regents on January 15, 1993, as the third Irvine Chancellor, as well as the third female chancellor in UC's 125 year history. Before coming to Irvine, Wilkening was the academic provost at the University of Washington, where she won praise for her efforts to improve undergraduate education. A planetary scientist, she earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Reed College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in chemistry at UC San Diego in 1970. She then spent 16 years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Arizona before going to Washington in 1988. In 1990, she served as vice chair of the Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program. In 1991, she was appointed chair of the Vice President's Space Policy Advisory Board. source

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Ralph J. Cicerone, 1998-
Ralph J. Cicerone was born in Pennsylvania and received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. He began his teaching career at the University of Michigan as a research scientist and member of the faculty in electrical and computer engineering. In 1978, he joined the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego as a research chemist. From 1980-89, he was a senior scientist and director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He joined the UCI faculty in 1989 as the Daniel G. Aldrich Professor of Earth System Science, and he chaired the Department of Earth System Science until 1994. For the next four years, he served as the Dean of the School of Physical Sciences. In 1998, he became Chancellor of UCI. source

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