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Michael B. McElroy received his Ph.D. from Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1970, he was named Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Harvard University, and in 1975 was appointed Director of the Center for Earth and Planetary Physics. Since 1986 he has been Chairman of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and since 1992 Chairman of the University Committee on Environment at Harvard where he leads an interdisciplinary study on the implications of China's rapid industrial development for the local, regional and global environment. In 1997, he was named the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. McElroy's research interests range from studies on the origin and evolution of the planets to, more recently, and emphasis on effects of human activity on the global environment of the Earth. He is the author of more than 200 technical papers contributing to our understanding of human induced changes in stratopheric ozone and to the potential for serious disruptions to global and regional climate due to anthropogenically related emissions of greenhouse gases.

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