Field of work: Scientist/Physician/Epidemiologist
Dr. Larry Brilliant graduated from Detroit’s Mumford High School in 1961. After studying philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he graduated with a medical degree from Wayne State University (1969). He returned to the University of Michigan to earn a Masters in Public Health (1977). He is recognized as a key player in the World Health Organization’s eradication of smallpox and has worked with the U.N. to combat blindness in the developing world. Among his numerous honors, the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health awarded him its “International Public Health Hero” Award (2004). Time magazine named him as one of the “20 Most Influential Scientists and Thinkers” and “One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2008.” The University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health gave him the “Global Health Champion” Award (2012).