Director Emeritus, Vice-Chancellor and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego
A Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Christ’s College and the inaugural Visiting Research Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy
Professor Kennel is the former Executive Vice Chancellor of UCLA , its chief academic officer. In the 1990s he was Associate Administrator at NASA and Director of Mission to Planet Earth, the world’s largest Earth science program. Kennel’s experiences at NASA convinced him of the growing importance of Earth and environmental science, and he decided to devote the rest of his career to these and related fields. He became the ninth Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor of Marine Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, serving from 1998 to 2006, and was the founding director of the UCSD Environment and Sustainability Initiative.
He was the 2007 C.P. Snow lecturer at Christ’s College and is now a Distinguished Visiting Fellow there. He chairs the board of the California Council on Science and Technology and the Space Studies Board of the US National Academy of Sciences.