Jose Ramon T. Villarin S.J.
Field of award: Atmospheric Physics
Year awarded: 2000
Division: Physical Sciences
In recognition of his significant contributions in the field of atmospheric physics, specifically his aerosol studies and the differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) which measures criteria pollutant gases such as SO2, NOX and a tropospheric O3. His scientific research on the regular monitoring of particulate matter (10 and 2.5 microns), the most serious pollutant in Metro Manila and his involvement in modeling the transport and distribution of air pollution due to transport in the metropolis have led him to establish a sustainable and state-of-the-art climate research infrastructure within the Manila Observatory, since climate change will be one of the more critical issues of the 21st century.
Education: PhD (Atmospheric Physics) Georgia Inst. of Tech. 1997; STB (Theology) Loyola House of Studies 1991; MS (Physics) Marquette University 1987; AB (Philosophy) Loyola House of Studies 1985