James McCarthy

American oceanographer (1944–2019)
Professor James McCarthy enroute to the North Pole

James J. McCarthy (January 25, 1944 – December 11, 2019) was an American oceanographer and environmentalist. He was a Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard and was President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from February 2008 to February 2009.[1][2]

He was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment.[3] He was born in Sweet Home, Oregon.

McCarthy died on December 11, 2019 at the age of 75.[4]


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  2. "Alice S. Huang Chosen To Serve As AAAS President-Elect". January 29, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  3. Russell, Christine (January 2009). "First Wave". Science News. 175 (1): 25–29. doi:10.1002/scin.2009.5591750125.
  4. lhanrahan (2019-12-12). "Remembering Jim McCarthy, 1944–2019". Harvard University Center for the Environment. Retrieved 2019-12-13.