Silas H. Palmer Professor Emeritus
Environmental Engineering and Science
B.S. (1953) Wayne State University
M.S. (1959) and Sc.D. (1959) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Honorary Eng. D. (1992) Colorado School of Mines
Honorary Eng. D. (2010) Nanyang Technological University
Perry L. McCarty joined Stanford University in 1962 when he came to develop the environmental engineering and science program. From 1980 to 1985 he was Chairman of Stanford's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and from 1989 to 2002 served as Director of the Western Region Hazardous Substance Research Center .
His research interests have been in biological processes for the control of environmental contaminants. His early research was on anaerobic treatment processes, biological processes for nitrogen removal, and water reuse. Current interests are on aerobic and anaerobic biological processes for control of hazardous chemicals, advanced wastewater treatment processes, and movement, fate, and control of groundwater contaminants.
He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1977 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. He received the John and Alice Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 1992 and the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Water Science and Technology in 1997.
Prof. McCarty has over 300 publications, and is coauthor of the textbooks, Chemistry for Environmental Engineering and Science and Environmental Biotechnology - Principles and Applications. He has been active with several professional groups, especially the National Academies with memberships since 1971 on three Councils, two Boards, and 19 Committees. Among his other awards are an honorary Doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines, Honorary membership in the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation, and Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology. He was selected by the National Academies to be the 2001 Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecturer. Among other awards are the Harrison P. Eddy Award for Noteworthy Research (1964 and 1977) and the Thomas Camp Award for Unique Application of Engineering Research (1975) of the Water Environment Federation; the A. P. Black Research Award of the American Water Works Association (1989); and the Walter L. Huber Research Prize (1964), the Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Lecture Award (1979), and J. James R. Croes Medal (1995) of the American Society of Civil Engineers.