Scope and Content of Collection
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Charles F. Kennel Papers
Kennel, Charles F., 1939-
Identifier/Call Number: SMC 0009
3.2 Linear feet
(8 archives boxes)
of digital files
Date (inclusive): 1989-2012
Abstract: Papers of Charles F. Kennel, physicist and Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor and Dean of
Marine Sciences at UC San Diego from 1998-2006. The collection contains a small amount of correspondence and writings, and
files representative of some of his high-level work with various academic and governmental organizations, including NASA.
Scope and Content of Collection
Papers of Charles F. Kennel, physicist and Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor and Dean of
Marine Sciences at UC San Diego from 1998-2006. The collection mostly consists of files representative of some of his high-level
work with various academic and governmental organizations, including the National Academy of Science National Research Council
(NAS/NAR), and the NASA Advisory Committee (NAC). There is a very small amount of original correspondence, email print-outs,
and manuscripts, and the collection does include a small number of speeches and presentations. There are no teaching materials
or significant administrative files relating to his administrator positions at UCLA or SIO.
Arranged in four series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES, and 4) WRITINGS AND PRESENTATIONS.
Charles Frederick Kennel (1939- ) is a scientist, physicist, and former Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and
Vice Chancellor and Dean of Marine Sciences at UC San Diego from 1997-2006. Kennel earned an A.B. in Astronomy from Harvard
University in 1959, and a PhD in Astrophysical Science from Princeton University in 1964.
In 1967, he joined the faculty of the Department of Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1996 to 1998,
he served as UCLA's Executive Vice Chancellor. Over the course of his career, Kennel has published over 250 papers and articles
exploring topics ranging from plasma physics, to climate change and earth science, to nonlinear science.
Kennel has collaborated extensively with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), primarily in an advisory
capacity. He was a member of the Science Advisory Group from 1971 to 1972, the Space and Earth Science Advisory Committee
from 1987 to 1989, and the Advisory Council since 1998. He served as Associate Administrator and Director of the Mission to
Planet Earth from 1996 to 1998, and chaired the Advisory Council from 2001 to 2005.
He was appointed Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor and Dean of Marine Sciences at UCSD in
1997. During his nine years at SIO, he oversaw changes to graduate and undergraduate teaching, responded to state budget cuts,
and introduced new collaborations and initiatives, including the Environment and Sustainability Initiative.
Kennel has served on or been affiliated with innumerable science organizations, corporate and public sector boards, and advisory
committees. Among his many accolades are the inaugural Hannes Alfvén Medal from the European Geophysical Society, and the
1997 James Clerk Maxwell Prize from the American Physical Society.
Charles F. Kennel Papers. SMC 9. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Acquired 2005, 2006, and 2017
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Original VHS recordings are restricted. Patrons may request user copies be produced in advance.
UC San Diego. Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Office of the Director Records. SAC 1. Special Collections & Archives,
UC San Diego.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Kennel, Charles F., 1939- -- Archives
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, Los Angeles
National Research Council (U.S.)
NASA Advisory Council