Established in 1915 by the estate of Willam D. Gill

A Baltimore business and civic leader and a general in the Maryland National Guard, WILLIAM D. GILL endowed this professorship for a faculty member in forest ecology. It was later redirected to support a biologist, in line with new academic priorities of the university. General Gill's interest in biology, and forestry specifically, stemmed from his ownership of a major lumber company.


RICHARD E. McCARTY, A&S 1960, 1964 (PhD), Dean Emeritus of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, is the William D. Gill Professor of Biology. After 24 years on the faculty of Cornell University, he returned to Hopkins in 1990 to chair the Department of Biology. The American Society of Plant Physiologists awarded Dr. McCarty its Charles F. Kettering Award in 1994, calling him "a central figure" since the l960s in advancing the understanding of photosynthesis and photosynthetic energy conversion. He has written more than 120 scholarly articles and has served as associate editor of Plant Physiology and on the editorial boards of four other professional journals.