Articles | Volume 23, issue 24
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18 Dec 2023
Opinion | Highlight paper |  | 18 Dec 2023

Paul J. Crutzen – a pioneer in Earth system science and a founding member of the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Rolf Müller, Ulrich Pöschl, Thomas Koop, Thomas Peter, and Ken Carslaw


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1467', Alan Robock, 10 Jul 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1 (by Alan Robock)', Rolf Müller, 18 Jul 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1467', Guy Brasseur, 18 Jul 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Rolf Müller, 28 Jul 2023
  • RC3: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1467', Anonymous Referee #3, 31 Jul 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Rolf Müller on behalf of the Authors (27 Oct 2023)  Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
EF by Svenja Lange (03 Nov 2023)  Author's response 
ED: Publish as is (07 Nov 2023) by Barbara Ervens
ED: Publish as is (07 Nov 2023) by Gabriele Stiller (Executive editor)
AR by Rolf Müller on behalf of the Authors (08 Nov 2023)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Executive editor
This personal tribute, authored by close colleagues and friends, is an homage to Paul Crutzen's profound and multifaceted impact in the field of atmospheric chemistry and physics. The article summarizes not only the exceptional breadth of research ranging from tropospheric ozone formation to stratospheric ozone loss, and coining the term ‘anthropocene’ but it also describes Paul Crutzen’s instrumental role in shaping the next generations of atmospheric scientists, many of whom now are leaders in the field. Furthermore, Crutzen’s legacy is manifested by his contributions to the creation of the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP), that laid the foundation for EGU's pioneering open-access publication model, fostering public peer review and interactive scientific discourse.
Short summary
Paul J. Crutzen was a pioneer in atmospheric sciences and a kind-hearted, humorous person with empathy for the private lives of his colleagues and students. He made fundamental scientific contributions to a wide range of scientific topics in all parts of the atmosphere. Paul was among the founders of the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. His work will continue to be a guide for generations of scientists and environmental policymakers to come.
Final-revised paper