Posted on 25 August 2016
Written for The Telegraph, India, the article “Mankind's great feat and uneaten tyre” comes from journalist and science correspondent Ganapti Mudur. His article commemorates the death of Donald A. Henderson, a leading figure in Public Health and, specifically, the eradication of Smallpox.
Mudur’s article highlights Henderson’s important work in Public Health, but also as a skilful negotiator within and outside of the World Health Organization. Prof. Bhattacharya wrote about Henderson in his book Expunging Variola: The Control and Eradication of Smallpox in India. He told the Telegraph, “In my view, this was Henderson's finest hour as he charmed, cajoled and debated officials in New Delhi into continuing their support for eradication when other international officers were generally scratching their heads, shrugging their shoulders, or throwing tantrums within the confines of their offices." Without Henderson’s irascibility, Mudur concludes, India may have abandoned its eradication efforts.