SAMUEL EPSTEIN, M.D. was born and educated in England. He received his Doctorate of Medicine with honors at Guy’s Hospital, London in 1950, and he became a qualified Specialist in Pathology, Tropical Medicine and Internal Medicine. He had a distinguished medical career in England, including Specialist in Pathology, Royal Army Medical Corps, where he was awarded 3 major military prizes, lecturer in Pathology and Bacteriology, University of London, and British Empire Cancer Campaign Research Fellow, in conjunction with the Chester Beatty Cancer Research Institute, and Tumor Pathologist at The Hospital for Sick Children, and Great Ormond Street, London.

In 1960, he was invited to the United States, where he founded the Laboratories of Carcinogenesis and Toxicology, and The Children’s Cancer Research Foundation in Boston. He was also appointed Senior Research Associate in Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Currently, Dr. Epstein is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. He is an internationally recognized scientific authority on cancer prevention and on the toxic and carcinogenic effects of environmental pollutants in the air, water, food and the workplace. Dr. Epstein is the author of some 280 scientific articles and 7 books, including the prize-winning The Politics of Cancer, Hazardous Waste in America, and is co-author, with David Steinman, of The Safe Shoppers Bible, published in 1995. He has also authored numerous editorials in leading national newspapers, warning the public of the unresponsiveness of government to the cancer epidemic and the need for citizen information and initiatives.

Dr. Epstein’s activities bridging science and public policy include former consultant to the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Works, frequently invited Congressional testimony, and member of Federal Agency Advisory Committees including the Health Advisory Committee of EPA and the Department of Labor Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Occupational Carcinogens. He has been Chairman of the Air Pollution Control Association Committee on Biological Effects of Air Pollutants, President of the Society of Occupational and Environmental Health, Founder and Secretary of the Environmental Mutagen Society and former President of the Rachel Carson Council.

He is also the Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, formed in 1993 to focus public attention on the avoidable cancer epidemic and to develop policies and strategies based on grass roots initiatives to reverse the losing war against cancer. The Coalition has become a leading group of independent experts on cancer prevention and public health, together with citizen activists, organized labor, public interest and women’s cancer groups. They may be contacted at (312) 996-2297, fax: (312) 996-1374, website: or e-mail:

On October 7, 1998, Stockholm, Sweden, Dr. Epstein was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, better known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” for his contributions to cancer prevention.

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