Earlier this year the new Board of HEDON Household Energy Network invited Professor Smith to become a Patron of the recently established charity in recognition of his world leading research and achievements on environmental and health issues in developing countries.

Professor Smith’s research addresses the relationships among environmental quality, health, resource use, development, and policy in developing countries particularly those related to health-damaging and climate-changing air pollution from household energy use.

His achievements include demonstrating that the highest exposures to air pollutants occur in rural, indoor settings in developing countries where biomass and coal are the principal fuels. He has documented the associated risk for pneumonia and adverse birth outcomes in children and cataracts, tuberculosis, heart disease, and chronic lung disease in women. In 1997, he was elected as a member in the US National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to US Scientists.

Professor Smith said:

“I am pleased to accept this honour. HEDON is the oldest international network of organization promoting clean and efficient household energy sources for improving heath and welfare. I have been involved since its inception in the 1980s and it has provided both intellectual support and inspiration in my work to understand the health and climate implications of household combustion.”

In 2009, Professor Smith gave an interview for Boiling Point, issue 56 which highlights how closely his work aligns with HEDON’s own mission, to read the full text click http://www.hedon.info/View+Article&itemId=8934" class="wiki wikinew text-danger tips">here.

For Kirk Smiths full Biography and details of his current research and achievements visit: http://ehs.sph.berkeley.edu/krsmith/?page_id=34.