Dr. William Crowley, Jr. is the Daniel K. Podolsky Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he is also the founding chief of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit of the Department of Medicine and has served as director of Clinical Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has also been the director of the NIH-funded Harvard Reproductive Endocrine Sciences Center for the past 26 years.
Born in Connecticut, Bill attended Holy Cross College and Tufts Medical School, receiving his M.D. in 1969. He has received the Fred Conrad Koch Award (the highest scientific award of The Endocrine Society); the IBSEN Foundation’s International Juried Prize in Endocrinology; and
The Outstanding Clinical Investigator Awards from both the NIH and The Endocrine Society. He has also trained 85 fellows in academic research, with over 50 percent of his senior fellows becoming full professors.
William’s paternal family is rooted in Co. Cork, and his maternal lineage traces back to Sir Edmund Burke, the 18th century philosopher and political theorist. “I’ve always felt a kinship with Ireland that has been an important source of pride for me and my family,” he says, adding that his election as an honorary fellow to Ireland’s Royal
College of Physicians in 2000 has reinforced this feeling greatly. Bill and his wife, Nancy, have three grown sons, William III, Sean, and Colin, and six grandchildren, Maeve, Finbar, Carter, Maggie, Caiden, and William.