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Richard Elliot Benedick, American diplomat. Recipient Presidential Meritorious Service award, 1984, 90, Superior Honor medal Department State, 1985, 87, John Jacob Rogers award, 1993, Presidential Distinguished Service award, 1988, annual award Climate Institute, 1988, United Nations Global Ozone award, 1997, 2007; Evans fellow Oxford University, 1956, Population Reformed Bureau honorary fellow, 1986, Stimson fellow Yale University, 2001.


Benedick, Richard Elliot was born on May 10, 1935 in New York City. Son of Lester and Jean (Shamski) Benedick.


AB summa cum laude, Columbia University, 1955. Master of Arts with honors, Yale University, 1956. Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1962.

Doctor of Science (honorary), North Carolina State University, 2004.


Program economist Agency for International Development United States Department State, Washington, 1958, Tehran, Iran, 1959-1961, Karachi, Pakistan, 1962-1964. Economist Organization of European Cooperation and Development, Paris, 1964-1966. 1st secretary American Embassy, Bonn, Germany, 1966-1971.

Director Office Development Finance, Washington, 1971-1975. Counselor for economic and commercial affairs American Embassy, Athens, Greece, 1975-1977. Member senior seminar Department State, Washington, 1977-1978.

Coordinator population affairs with rank ambassador United States Department State, 1979-1984, deputy assistant secretary for environmental, health and natural resources, 1984-1987. Senior fellow World Wildlife Fund, 1987-1998. Deputy director Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, since 1998.

Senior advisory Battelle/Joint Global Change Research Institute/U. Maryland, since 2001. Special advisor to secretary general United Nations Conference on Environmental and Development, 1990-1992, International Conference on Population and Development, 1993-1994. President National Council for Science and Environmental, since 1994.

Visiting professor Academy International l'Environnement, Geneva, 1992-1996. Lecturer in field; head United States delegate to conferences. Chief United States negotiator Montreal Protocol on protection of ozone layer, 1985-1987.

Board directors Population Resource Center, Pacific Institute, Environmental and Energy Study Institute Climate Response Forum. International advisory board Battelle, 1994-1997, Environmental Technology Center, Berlin, 1996, Climate Policy Center, since 2002. Vice president Organization of European Cooperation and Development Environmental Committee, 1984-1987.

Vice president Transboundary Air Pollution Convention, Economic Commission for Europe, 1985-1987. Visiting fellow National Center Atmospheric Research, 1988-1989, Ostwestwirtschafts Akademie, Berlin, 1991-1996, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, since 1995. Faculty Foreign Service Institute, United States Department State, since 1999.

Member National Academies Committee Global Change Assessments, 2005-2007. Consultant in field.


Fellow World Academy of Art and Science (elected 1991), American Academy Diplomacy (elected 2002). Member Toenissteiner Kreis (Germany), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Hildegard K.G. Schulz, June 1, 1957 (divorced). Children: Andreas Peter Anselm, Julianna Valeska. Married Helen Ruth Freeman, September 10, 1983 (divorced).

Lester Benedick

Jean (Shamski) Benedick

Hildegard Schulz

Helen Freeman

Irene Federwisch

Andreas Benedick

Julianna Benedick