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John S. Perry was director of the NRC Board on Sustainable Development, which provided guidance to federal agencies on integrated Earth science studies relating to the problems of humans and the global environment, and sponsored the US National Committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU). His work at the NRC began with the US Committee for the Global Atmospheric Research Program, an international effort sponsored by ICSU and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to advance weather prediction and the understanding of climate. His subsequent responsibilities at the NRC included special projects dealing with atmospheric sciences, climate research, and assessment of environmental issues. He has participated actively in international scientific activities of the WMO, ICSU, UN Environment Program, and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and has written extensively on the role of international organizations in environmental affairs. He coedited a volume of the John Wiley & Sons Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change, has served as book review editor for Climatic Change, and is editor of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Historical Monographs series. He worked with the Washington Advisory Group on studies of national environmental issues, and with the International START Secretariat on international scientific networks. He is a fellow of the AMS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Perry received his BS in mathematics at Queens College, New York, and earned a second BS degree, in meteorology and climatology, at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he also earned MS and PhD degrees in 1960 and 1966.