Richard Chappell, is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Hunter College and in the Ph.D. Program in Biology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and an Adjunct Senior Scientist in the Cellular Dynamics Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. He served as President of the American Polar Society from 1997 to 2000.
Dick wintered-over in Antarctica at Little America V in 1957 as the Eagle Scout selected to represent the Boy Scouts of America during the International Geophysical Year. His book, Antarctic Scout, was published in 1959. As a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, he served on the staff of Admiral Rickover as a representative of the Atomic Energy Commission at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton, CT. He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. His research on vision and the retina is currently supported by the National Science Foundation.