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Albert Carnesale

Albert Carnesale (born 2 July 1936) is an American academic. 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. In May 2011, Carnesale was awarded the Harvard Medal for service to the university. 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.


  • Biography 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Career 1.2
      • SALT 1.2.1
      • Harvard 1.2.2
      • UCLA 1.2.3
  • External links 2


Early years

Carnesale began his university education at Cooper Union, completing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1957. In 1961 he finished a master's degree in mechanical engineering at Drexel University. Carnesale went on to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 1966. 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.



Carnesale 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.


Carnesale steadily ascended the ranks during his 23-year tenure at Harvard University. 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. 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.


Carnesale 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.

External links

  • UCLA Past Leaders: Albert Carnesale
  • Carnesale's Harvard career (from the Harvard University Gazette)
  • seminars at UCLAFiat Lux
  • Bruin Alumni Association review of Carnesale's career
  • Video: Carnesale discusses John McCain's March 26, 2008 speech on foreign policy
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