23 March 2013
The Late Great Nevin Scrimshaw
He was a giant, perhaps THE giant, in the field of nutrition. His achievements are myriad.
What I admired about him:
* his ability to marry research and action (he invented post weaning foods that were healthy and used local foods--such as Incaparina);
* his commitment to founding and building institutions (INCAP in Central America, the nutrition department at MIT, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin journal at the UN University),
* his intellectual drive (he is credited with the acceptance of the idea that nutrition and infection interact)
* his lack of dogma (I didn't already know what he was going to say when he spoke up in a meeting).
Here are a couple of nice pieces on his life--one from the New York Times and one from Alok Bhargava, a highly respected economist working in this field, writing for Economics and Human Biology.
Most lovely of all--Nevin's was not an ego that had to be handled with extreme care. He was a gentleman and always had time for a young whippersnapper.
He was an inspiration to millions and he will be missed.
Posted by Lawrence Haddad at 09:30