Date - January 19, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dr. Charles Wurster – DDT Wars: Character Assassination, Slander, and DDT Science

Speaker: Dr. Charles Wurster

Dr. Charles Wurster, a founding trustee of Environmental Defense (formerly the Environmental Defense Fund, EDF), will present a talk on his new book, DDT Wars. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wurster’s interest in birds was evident at a young age. He attended Quaker schools—Germantown Friends and Haverford College—receiving his bachelor’s of science degree in 1952. He earned a master of science degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1954 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1957. Subsequently Wurster spent a year in Innsbruck, Austria, as a Fulbright Fellow. From 1959 to 1962, he worked as a research chemist at the Monsanto Research Corporation. He was instrumental in banning the pesticide DDT. An emeritus professor at the Marine Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Wurster is an expert on the environmental effects of toxic chemicals.

Buy DDT Wars:

DDT Wars: Review by Henry T. Armistead
DDT Wars is the engaging account of the first struggles to get DDT and some other chemicals banned. Wurster and the others involved in those earliest actions, even before EDF was founded, were all birders.

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