Meet Bill Chameides


Bill Chameides served as dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment from 2007 to 2014 and is currently Professor Emeritus at Duke.  An atmospheric chemist focused on elucidating the causes of and remedies for global, regional and urban environmental change, Bill received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1974, is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a recipient of the AGU’s MacElwane Award. He has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed papers and eight books and is listed by ISI Highly Cited as being among “the most highly influential scientists and scholars worldwide… ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field.

With an abiding interest in the arts and more specifically in the role of the arts in connecting people to the natural world, Bill helped found the Duke LEAF, an Award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts given “annually to an artist whose work has lifted the human spirit by conveying our profound spiritual and material connection to the Earth and thereby inspiring others to help forge a more sustainable future for all.” Recipients include Robert Redford, Barbara Kingsolver, Jackson Browne, John Sayles, James Blalog, and Alexander McCall Smith.

When not GreenGroking, Bill pursues a variety of other interests. To learn more please visit: and

Bill and his wife Bonnie can usually be found in either New York City or Sedona, Arizona, when they are not visiting with their four children and four grandchildren.


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