Robert C. Dynes was the 18th president of the University of California, from 2003 to 2008. A first-generation college graduate and a distinguished physicist, Dynes served as the sixth chancellor of the UC's San Diego campus from 1996 to 2003. He came to UC San Diego in 1990 after a 22-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he served as department head of semiconductor and material physics research and director of chemical physics research. His numerous scientific honors include the 1990 Fritz London Award in Low Temperature Physics and his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994.
A native of London, Ontario, Canada, and a naturalized United States citizen, Dynes holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and master's and doctoral degrees in physics and an honorary doctor of science degree from McMaster University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from L'Universite de Montreal. He is married to Ann Parode Dynes, the former campus counsel of UC San Diego.