A new calixarene hydroxamic acid, 5,11,17,23-tetra-(N-p-chlorophenyl hydroxamate c-phenyl-25,26,27,28-tetrahydroxycalixarene (CPCHA) was synthesized and used for the extraction and spectrophotometric determination of uranium(VI). The molar absorptivity of the uranium(VI)-CPCHA-thiocyanate complex was 9.9·103 1·mol–1·cm–1 at 436 nm. The system obeyed Beer's law in the range of 1.78–23.1 ppm of uranium. The uranium(VI)-hydroxamate-ethyl acetate complex was directly aspirated for graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry measurements (GFAAS) which increased the sensitivity by about a factor of fifty. Uranium was determined in various standard and environmental samples.