Daniel J. Jacob

Daniel J. Jacob

  • Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Associate, Harvard University Center for the Environment
  • Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences


Research in the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group headed by Daniel Jacob and Loretta Mickley focuses on understanding the chemical composition of the atmosphere, its perturbation by human activity, and the implications for human welfare and climate.

We work on global 3-dimensional modeling of atmospheric composition and climate change, aircraft measurement campaigns, satellite data retrievals, analyses of atmospheric observations, and theoretical studies.

There are about 30 people in the group working on a wide range of projects. For up-to-date information on our activities please visit our website.

Contact Information

Office:Pierce 110C
Office Phone:(617) 495-1794
Office Fax(617) 495-4551
Lab Name:Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group
Assistant:Brenda L Mathieu
Assistant Office:Pierce 109
Assistant Phone:(617) 496-5745
Research Mgr: Cecilia T. McCormack

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences/Harvard Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • 2004-Present: Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
  • 1994-2004: Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
  • 1991-1994: Associate Professor
  • 1987-1991: Assistant Professor
  • 1985-1987: Postdoctoral Fellow

Other Experience & Professional Membership

I lead and contribute to a number of national and international committees and activities. See my CV for a current list.


  • Haagen-Smit Prize from Atmospheric Environment, 2010
  • CIRES Distinguised Lecture, 2010
  • IGAC Keynote Lecture, 2008
  • Ranked 16th "hottest researcher in the world" by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) on the basis of frequently cited papers, 2005
  • NCAR Thompson Lecturer, 2004
  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal "for outstanding seminal contributions to the understanding of fundamental physical and chemical processes in the lower atmosphere of the Earth", 2003
  • ISI 6th most cited author in Geosciences, 2001
  • NASA H. Julian Allen Award (1999) Editor's Citations for Excellence in Refereeing, Geophys. Res. Lett. (1999), J. Geophys. Res. (1991, 1998)
  • James B. Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union (1994) "for significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by a young scientist of outstanding ability"
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1994
  • Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 1989
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1988