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Emeritus Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health, Australian National University

Prof Tony (AJ) McMichael, AO, was a medical graduate and epidemiologist at the Australian National University. He participated in a research program on the health risks of climate and environmental change, present and future.

Tony passed away in September 2014. You can read a tribute to his work in The Lancet here:

During the 1980s he led a multidisciplinary study on environmental lead impacts on the intellectual development of children. During 1990-92 he was Chair of the Scientific Council of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, France. Since 1993 he has contributed substantively to the scientific assessment by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of risks to human health. He is an advisor to the World Health Organization on climate change risks to human health, and recently chaired an international expert group on the interactions between environment, climate and agriculture in the emergence of infectious diseases.

Professor McMichael was a member of the Science Advisory Panel to the (previous) Australian Government's Climate Change Commission (2011-2013). He was Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Health at the University of Copenhagen, and an ex-Associate Fellow of Chatham House, London (program on Global Health Security).

He published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, many book chapters, and authored three books (Cambridge University Press and Penguin).


  • 2001–2007
    Director, Natl Centre Epidemiology & Population Health, ANU
  • 1994–2001
    Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


  • 1972 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 1967 
    University of Adelaide, MB,BS

Research Areas

  • Environmental And Occupational Health And Safety (111705)


AO (Office, Order of Australia); Fellow, Academy of Technical Science and Engineering; Elected member, US National Academy of Sciences; Fellow, Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine