Jean Jouzel is a French glaciologist and climatologist. Former vice-president of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), he is an authority on major climatic shifts based on his analysis of Antarctic and Greenland ice. In 2002, he received with Claude Lorius the CNRS gold medal, the highest French scientific award. He also received collectively the Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC in 2007.
He has spent his research career in CEA (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique) which is the French nuclear public organization. In 1991 he became vice president of LMCE which is a CEA laboratory dedicated to environment and climate; in 1995 research director; in 1998 director of climate research of LSCE which resulted from the fusion of LMCE with another environmental research laboratory; from 2001 to 2008 director of IPSL (Institut Pierre Simon Laplace) which is a major federative laboratory on climate research in Paris region, including CEA LSCE.
In 2015, he received the Leonardo da Vinci Award from European Academy of Sciences.
In 2016 he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.