In Memoriam: Dr. Theo Colborn

Submitted by greenamerica on February 5, 2015

The green business community is mourning the loss of Dr. Theo Colborn, 1927-2014. Dr. Colborn’s research uncovered the problem of endocrine disrupting chemicals found in everyday products to wildlife, humans, and the environment.

For almost 30 years, the TEDx founder dedicated herself to alerting society about these threats, and more recently the threats posed by chemical association with gas and oil development.

Colborn’s work, leadership and passion had a major impact on the scientific community, as well as on individuals and those in power to take those ideas and implement them into change. New laws and redirected research in the academic and governmental world resulted from her studies. Her book, Our Stolen Future, co-authored with Dianne Dumanoski and J. Peterson Myers, was considered by many to be the successor to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.


Dr. Colborn served on numerous advisory panels, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the Ecosystem Health Committee of the International Joint Commission of the United States and Canada, the Science Management Committee of the Toxic Substances Research Initiative of Canada, the U.S. EPA Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee, and the EPA Endocrine Disruption Methods and Validation Subcommittee.

She was recognized by the scientific and the green community through many high awards and honors. An outpour of admiration for her life and grief over her death has served to honor her as well.

Read reflections on Dr. Colborn’s life from Lin Kaatz Chary, PhD MpH on the TEDX website.

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