North Central College - Naperville, IL

David Rall

David Rall
David Rall is among the many distinguished alumni in North Central's Legacy of Science.

Called “the intellectual and ethical founder of modern environmental medicine,” Dr. David Rall helped create the scientific field of environmental health. Many of the discoveries made in the 19 years he served as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences continue to influence health policy and environmental regulation today. He campaigned to strengthen laws protecting water from pesticides; he released studies linking asbestos to lung damage; and he oversaw research showing lead exposure could affect children’s development.

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