PH.D. IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
MD, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
Robert Lawrence is the Center for a Livable Future Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lawrence trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Following duty as an epidemic intelligence service officer, CDC, he joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina. From 1974 to 1991 he directed the Division of Primary Care at Harvard Medical School, and from 1991 to 1995 directed health sciences at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing grants to improve health in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In 1996 Dr. Lawrence founded the Center for a Livable Future, an interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff who study the relationships between diet, food production systems, the environment, and human health.
Dr. Lawrence is a founding member of Physicians for Human Rights, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, and has participated in human rights investigations in Chile, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Philippines, South Africa, and Kosovo.