Barry Commoner, The Greatest Environmentalist of the 20th Century by Ralph Nader

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By Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Oct. 9, 2012

Dr. Barry Commoner dies at 95

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Dr. Barry Commoner, equipped with a Harvard PhD in cellular biology, used his knowledge of biology, ecosystems, nuclear radiation, public communication, networking scientists, political campaigning, and community organizing to become the greatest environmentalist in the 20th century. He died on September 30 at the age of 95, deeply involved in challenging conventional dogmas in the field of the genetic engineering.

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Barry Commoner, The Citizen Scientist by Chris Williams

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by Chris Williams
SocialistWorker.org
October 9, 2012

Dr. Barry Commoner dies at 95

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IN THE same sad week that saw the deaths of several globally renowned revolutionary voices, another intellectual giant of the left passed away at the age of 95: ecologist, activist and scientist Barry Commoner.

A life-long champion of the need for scientific engagement with the public at large, Commoner constantly sought to bring to light the iniquities of industrial capitalism, beginning with his campaign against above-ground nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s, and continuing with his opposition to nuclear power–that is, the transition to more polluting and toxic but highly profitable synthetic compounds in place of natural ones.

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