Dr. Theo Colborn
Born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1927, Dr. Theo Colborn's first career was as a pharmacist with she and her husband running a successful business raising sheep at their ranch in Western Colorado. When she became concerned about the mineral and coal mining pollution in Gunnison River near their ranch, she embarked upon another career, and at the age of 51 began a masters' program in ecology and went on to get her Ph. D. in zoology. In 1996, she co-authored the book "Our Stolen Future" that covers the dangers of the synthetic chemicals on the endocrine system. Her research on the dangers of hormone-disrupting chemicals has prompted the research on many potentially dangerous chemicals as well as led to congressional legislation targeting the protection of children from harmful exposure. Her work has earned her the nomenclature of the "Rachel Carson of the 1990's." Dr. Colborn also founded The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, a non-profit committed to the research of Endocrine disrupters, environmental problems caused by chemicals that interfere with development. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Science and Environment, the Blue Planet Prize, The Norwegian Rachel Carson Prize, The Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry's Rachel Carson Award, and Time Magazine's Environmental Heroes Award. Dr. Colborn serves as the senior program scientist and manager of the Wildlife and Contaminants Program at World Wildlife Fund, is considered a leading expert in her field, and also serves as an inspiration to passionately pursue a valuable cause at any stage in life.
"In my business, you measure your respect by the enemies you make."