Tony McMichael, a foremost leader in the field of global environmental change and health and Professor Emeritus of Population Health at the ANU, passed away in Canberra on 26 September 2014. Tributes are pouring in from around the world, recognising this profound loss and honouring his legacy. A summary of his career can be found at the US National Academy of Sciences website.
Read more by Melissa Sweet, Crikey – extract follows:
Tributes are pouring in from around the world for the late Professor Tony McMichael AO, who was internationally recognised for his pioneering work in environmental health, particularly in climate change and health…. He died early on Friday 26 September at Canberra Hospital, following complications related to influenza and pneumonia. He was 71 (DOB 3 October 1942).
Just a few days before his death, Professor McMichael was emailing colleagues about climate change and health. Colleagues have described him as a giant of public health, an eminent scientist, a generous mentor and a visionary leader.
As this 2009 NHMRC podcast notes, for many years he led the assessment of health risks for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
Read more, includes tributes at Crikey.com.au