Tony McMichael tribute Statement

Sep 28, 2014 - 2:53pm

It is with deep regret that The Climate Institute notes the passing of founding Board Member Professor Tony McMichael.

He was passionate of the need for independent organisations such as The Climate Institute. He demanded that evidence and scientific rigour was applied to all of our work.

Emeritus Professor Tony McMichael was an environmental epidemiologist at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, with a long record of research and publication.

The Tony McMichael Climate and Human Impacts Research Fund has been established in his memory to honour the family’s wishes.

During 2001-2007, he was Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at ANU. He headed the centre's research program on Climate, Environment and Health during 2002-2012. Over the past several decades, he advised the World Health Organization, the UN Environment Program, and the World Bank on matters of environmental and climatic risks to health.

During 1993-2007, Tony played a central role in the assessment of health risks due to climate change for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as an Australian government-nominated scientist.

Long before co-founding The Climate Institute in 2005, Tony was a founder of the discipline of public health and pioneered the links between climate change, health, and the human story.

A passionate believer in quality research and education, Tony was a valuable Board member and his premature passing is deeply regretted by us all.

Tony was the most gentle of men, whose profound humanity and integrity endeared him to those who met him,  and whose searing intellect brooked no fools or favours.

Our thoughts are with his family and other friends at this time. Please join us in honouring his many contributions.

On November 26, The Climate Institute CEO John Connor spoke at a memorial service for Tony at the ANU. 


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