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Albert Carnesale, American educator, former academic administrator. Recipient Gano Dunn award Outstanding Professional Achievement, Cooper Union, New York City. Fellow: American Academy Arts and Sciences; member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations.


Carnesale, Albert was born on July 2, 1936 in Bronx, New York, United States.


BME, Cooper Union, 1957. Master of Science, Drexel University, 1961. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Drexel University, 1993.

Doctor of Philosophy, North Carolina State University, 1966. Doctor of Laws (honorary), North Carolina State University, 1997. AM (honorary), Harvard University, 1979.

Doctor of Science (honorary), New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy, Pardee-Research and Development Graduate School, Santa Monica, California, 2010.


He is a former chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, provost of Harvard University, and dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In November 1994, while serving as Dean and Provost, Carnesale also served as Acting President of Harvard during the medical leave of President Neil Leon Rudenstine. He has also been involved in international diplomacy on nuclear non-proliferation.

Through March 2011, Carnesale taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UCLA on topics relating to U.S. national security with Professor Amy Zegart. Carnesale began his university education at Cooper Union, completing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1957. SALTCarnesale served as part of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I) with the Soviet Union held between 1970 and 1972.

SALT I was a major step towards limiting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Between 1977 and 1980, he led the U.S. delegation to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation (INFCE). This sixty-six nation multilateral meeting intended to investigate and ultimately make recommendations regarding the relationships between civilian and military uses of nuclear energy and materials.

HarvardCarnesale steadily ascended the ranks during his 23-year tenure at Harvard University. In 1981 he was promoted to Associate Dean of the Kennedy School of Government. A decade later, Carnesale became Dean, and served in that post from 1991 to 1995.

Carnesale was tapped to fill the role of university Provost in 1994, where he served until 1997. UCLACarnesale served as Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles from July 1, 1997 until June 30, 2006, succeeding former chancellor and Chancellor Emeritus Charles E. Young. In addition to his ceremonial and administrative duties, he also taught an undergraduate seminar in national security.

He resumed teaching in 2007 at the UCLA School of Public Affairs after a sabbatical in 2006. The Los Angeles Times reported on April 28, 2006 that Deborah Freund, Vice Chancellor and Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Administration at Syracuse University, would replace Carnesale as UCLA chancellor, but the newspaper reported on May 13, 2006 that she had withdrawn her candidacy. It was announced on June 15, 2006 that Norman Abrams would succeed Carnesale as acting chancellor of UCLA.


  • In May 2011, Carnesale was awarded the Harvard Medal for service to the university.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Nuclear Power Issues and Choices: Report of the Nuclear Energy Policy Study Group, 1977, Living with Nuclear Weapons, 1983, Hawks, Doves and Owls: An Agenda for Avoiding Nuclear War, 1985, Superpower Arms Control: Setting the Record Straight, 1987, Fateful Visions: Avoiding Nuclear Catastrophe, 1988. Co-author: New Nuclear Nations: Consequences for United States Policy, 1993.


He served as a member of the NC State faculty from 1962 to 1969 and has also worked as a senior engineer at Martin Marietta. He began as a member of the faculty in 1974, and concentrated on the study of international relations, national security policy, and nuclear arms control.


Married Robin Gerber, April 6, 2002. Children: Keith, Kimberly.

Robin Gerber

Keith Carnesale

Kimberly Carnesale