Joseph D. Brain is the Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology and former chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Brain joined the Department in 1962 as a young graduate student researching the body’s response to inhaled gases, particulates, and microbes and has remained at the School since that time—teaching and mentoring countless students, engaging in ground-breaking research, and leading his colleagues with fervor and foresight.
To honor Dr. Brain for his significant contributions to the Department of Environmental Health and the field of environmental physiology, the school is in the process of establishing the Joseph D. Brain Fellowship Fund in Environmental Health. The Fund will provide much-needed resources for environmental health scholars to pursue doctoral and post-doctoral study at the Harvard School of Public Health. Support provided by the fund will enable talented and dedicated students who otherwise would be unable to afford tuition and expenses to pursue their educational goals. It also allows the work started by Dr. Brain to be carried out and expanded by promising scholars who are preparing to begin their careers in the field.