IRVINE (AP) — James Pitts, a pioneering smog researcher whose work spurred California’s groundbreaking clean-air regulations, has died. He was 93.
His wife, UC Irvine professor Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, tells the university that Pitts died in his sleep Thursday at their Irvine home.READ MORE: Edward Badalian, Daniel Rodriguez Charged With Conspiracy, Assault In Connection With Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Pitts began researching air pollution in the 1950s at the University of California, Riverside. At the time, the causes and dangers of smog weren’t well-understood.
Pitts helped create the Statewide Air Pollution Research Center and directed it for 18 years. His team built the first smog chamber to study photochemical smog.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Should You Expect Another Relief Payment?
It was visited by scientists and politicians from around the world.
Pitts joined his wife at UC Irvine in 1994.
Pitts co-authored nearly 400 scientific books and publications. He also served on panels at the California Air Resources Board.MORE NEWS: Two Drug Dealers To Plead Guilty In Mac Miller's Studio City Overdose Death
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