Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
California Institute of Technology
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B.S. Engineering Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1969 (with honors).
Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University, 1974.

Professional Experience

Research Fellow and Lecturer in Atmospheric Sciences, Harvard University, 1974-1977
Assistant Professor of Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 1977-1982
Associate Professor of Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 1982-1986
Professor of Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 1986 to 2011
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, 1993-1994
Smits Family Professor of Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 2012-present


Fellow, American Geophysical Union, elected 2003
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 2004
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected 2005
Academician, Academia Sinica, elected 2010
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected 2011

Spacecraft Investigations

Co-investigator, NASA Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) Experiment
Co-investigator, NASA Orbital Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) Mission
Interdisciplinary Scientist, ESA Venus Express


List of more than 260 refereed publications:


"Photochemistry of Atmospheres," Y. L. Yung and W. D. DeMore, Oxford University Press, New York, 1999.
"Atmospheric Radiation: Theoretical Basis," R. M. Goody and Y. L. Yung, Oxford University Press, New York, 1989.

Twelve Selected Papers

Nier, A. O., M. B. McElroy, and Y. L. Yung. (1976), Isotopic Composition of Martian Atmosphere, Science 194, 68-70.

Wang, W. C., Y.L. Yung, A.A. Lacis, T. Mo, and J.E. Hansen (1976), Greenhouse effects due to man-made perturbations of trace gases, Science194, 685-690.
Yung, Y. L., and W.B. DeMore (1982), Photochemistry of the stratosphere of Venus: Implications for atmospheric evolution, Icarus51, 199-247.
Yung, Y. L., M. Allen, and J.P. Pinto (1984), Photochemistry of the atmosphere of Titan: Comparison between model and observations, Astrophys. J. Suppl., 55, 465-506.
Gladstone, G. R., M. Allen, and Y.L. Yung (1996), Hydrocarbon photochemistry in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter, Icarus119, 1-52.
Yung, Y. L., and C.E. Miller (1997), Isotopic fractionation of stratospheric nitrous oxide,Science, 278, 1778-1780doi: 10.1126/science.278.5344.1778.
Kuang, Z. M., J. Margolis, G. Toon, D. Crisp, and Y. L. Yung (2002). Spaceborne Measurements of Atmospheric CO2 by High-resolution NIR Spectrometry of Reflected Sunlight: An Introductory Study, Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, 1716, doi:10.1029/2001GL014298.
Camp, C. D., M. S. Roulston, and Y. L. Yung. (2003). Temporal and Spatial Patterns of the Interannual Variability of Total Ozone in the Tropics. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmosphere 108, 4643, doi: 10.1029/2001JD001504.
Tinetti, G., Vidal-Madjar, M. -C. Liang, J. P. Beaulieu, Y. Yung, S. Carey, R. J. Barber, J. Tennyson, I. Ribas, N. Allard, G. E. Ballester, D. K. Sing, and F. Selsis (2007), Water vapour in the atmosphere of a transiting extrasolar planet. Nature448,169-171, doi:10.1038/nature06002.
Liang, M. -C., G. A. Blake, B. R. Lewis and Y. L. Yung, (2007). Oxygen Isotopic of carbon dioxide in the middle atmosphere. Proc. N. Acad. Sci. -U.S.A., 104, 21-25, doi:10.1073/pnas.0610009104.
Li, K.-F.,  K. Pahlevan, J. L. Kirschvink and Y. L. Yung. (2009),  Atmospheric Pressure as a Natural Regulator of the Climate of a Terrestrial Planet with Biosphere, Proc. N. Acad. Sci.-U.S.A., 106, 9576-9579, doi:10.1073/pnas.0809436106.
Zhang, X., M.-C. Liang, F. Montmessin, J.-L. Bertaux, C. Parkinson, and Y. L. Yung (2010),  Photolysis of H2SO4 as the Source of Sulfur Species in the Mesosphere of Venus, Nature Geoscience3, 834-837, doi:10.1038/NGEO989.