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William Moomaw Papers

Call Number: MS216

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of William Moomaw. It documents his work as a professor at the Fletcher School, including class materials, lecture notes, and bound research materials.


  • Creation: 1992 -- 2014


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research. This collection may require review before it is available for use. Please contact DCA for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

William Moomaw (born 1938) is professor emeritus of international environmental policy at Tufts University.

Born on February 18, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri, William Renken Moomaw acquired a BA in chemistry from Williams College in 1959 and his PhD in physical chemistry from MIT in 1965.

He has taught or worked at several institutions, including the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Williams College (where he also served as the director of William College’s Center for Environmental Studies from 1982-1988). He established the Center for International and Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) in 1992 and was its director until he retired from this position in 2013. He has directed the Tufts Institute of the Environment and the Tufts Climate Initiative since 1998 and 1999, respectively, and co-directed the Global Development and Environment Institute since 1993. Moomaw’s involvement with other programs and organizations includes work with the Center for Ecological Technologies; Clean Air-Cool Planet; The Climate Group; Climate Resource Initiative’s Climate, Energy, and Resource program; the Consensus Building Institute; and the Earthwatch Institute.

Professor Moomaw has co-authored numerous works, including four Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and an IPCC book chapter. He also co-authored the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment on nitrogen and helped the United States Congress develop legislation focusing on energy problems, forestry management, and the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in spray cans.

Moomaw’s awards include a Bicentennial Medal from Williams College; an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Belgarde University; and a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, which was co-awarded to both the IPCC and Al Gore.

He is married to Margot Moomaw. They reside in Williamstown, Massachusetts.


10.8 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

1 Artifact(s)

5 Digital Object(s)

Processing status

This collection is minimally processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States