“Bill was a Beckman original,” said Art Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute. “Bill, Karl Hess and a few others were instrumental in crafting the proposal that led to the gift from Arnold and Mabel Beckman for the construction and development of the Beckman Institute.
“Bill will be greatly missed,” said Kramer.
As a researcher, Greenough had been a leader in changing scientific thinking when it comes to nervous system development and the brain. He helped take the concept of brain plasticity from theory to experimental proof to accepted science.
Greenough won many teaching, professional, and research honors and awards over the years, including an appointment to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Society’s William James Award, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the Society for Research into Child Development’s (SRCD) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, and the FRAXA Research Foundation Dedication Award.
For more information on Greenough, please read this article celebrating his career.