Barry Commoner: "Scientist, Candidate and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard"

"Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilizers in making environmentalism a people’s political cause, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 95 and lived in Brooklyn Heights."

"His wife, Lisa Feiner, confirmed his death.

Dr. Commoner was a leader among a generation of scientist-activists who recognized the toxic consequences of America’s post-World War II technology boom, and one of the first to stir the national debate over the public’s right to comprehend the risks and make decisions about them.

Raised in Brooklyn during the Depression and trained as a biologist at Columbia and Harvard, he came armed with a combination of scientific expertise and leftist zeal. His work on the global effects of radioactive fallout, which included documenting concentrations of strontium 90 in the baby teeth of thousands of children, contributed materially to the adoption of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963."

Daniel Lewis reports for the New York Times October 1, 2012.


"Barry Commoner’s Uncommon Life" (Dot Earth/NYT)

"Barry Commoner, Pillar of Environmental Movement, Dies At 95" (Los Angeles Times)

"Scientist Barry Commoner, Who Pushed Public Interest in Environmentalism, Dies in NY at 95" (Associated Press)

Source: NY Times, 10/02/2012