Dr. Kirk Smith, an air pollution expert and professor of global environmental health at University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, was awarded two honorary professorships this past spring: one from Tsinghua University, a top research university in Beijing, and another from the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences in Ulaanbaatar. These prestigious professorships recognize Dr. Smith’s colossal contributions to the understanding and mitigation of air pollution, considered one of the deadliest environmental health risks in the world.
For over 40 years, Dr. Smith has been a leader in air pollution research both locally and globally in many countries, including China, India and Mongolia. His research has evaluated the health effects of household air pollution due largely to woodburning stoves, and he has aided medical and engineering professionals in devising measures to improve air quality in high exposure communities. Throughout his celebrated career, Dr. Smith has contributed to the World Health Organization’s Air Quality Guidelines, as well as three of the five assessment reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
His honorary professorships in China and Mongolia will continue to open doors to increased international research and cooperation assessing the source and extent of household air pollution exposure.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 18