Dr. Richard Clapp, professor emeritus of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), has received the Alumni Award of Merit from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Alumni Association. He was honored at the annual Alumni Award of Merit dinner at the Harvard Club of Boston on September 20.
[Photo: Dr. Richard Clapp]
An internationally renowned leader in environmental health and environmental epidemiology for more than 40 years, Dr. Clapp has dedicated his career to helping citizens develop solutions to public health problems. He has been recognized for his research contributions, teaching, and service to communities affected by cancer clusters linked to environmental pollution and workplace hazards.
Dr. Clapp says that while receiving the award is gratifying, he views it as recognition of the larger environmental and occupational health movement.
“I’m proud to have been part of it and to have helped guide the next generation of public health advocates,” he says.
The Alumni Award of Merit is presented to alumni whose activities reflect the Harvard Chan School’s commitment to public health activism, research, and teaching. In announcing the award, the Alumni Association wrote that Dr. Clapp has “maintained the highest standards of scientific integrity in public health practice and data collection, analysis, and reporting — even when corporations acted to suppress his findings on environmental causes of cancer.”