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Clair Patterson's Battle Against Lead Pollution (2006) [pdf] (anthonyturton.com)
47 points by luu 44 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

Clair Patterson's story is ridiculously good. This Mental Floss article is my go-to share whenever he comes up. It's long, but a bit shorter than a dissertation :) Although I have saved the linked dissertation here to go through in-depth at my leisure.

The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

"For 60 years, American drivers unknowingly poisoned themselves by pumping leaded gasoline into their tanks. Here is the lifelong saga of Clair Patterson—a scientist who helped build the atomic bomb and discovered the true age of the Earth—and how he took on a billion-dollar industry to save humanity from itself."


Not an article, but the Seth McFarlane Cosmos has an episode that's largely about Clair Patterson.

Thanks! I'll check it out.

Great link! There were also other scientists like Alice Hamilton who helped challenge the biased science on this.

Ironically, the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center is now a world renowned medical research institute, but it will be hard to believe that they will ever save as many lives as Sloan and Kettering prematurely ended through lead. (tangentially, they also were responsible for freon, and thus the ozone hole)

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