Dubos was a French-born American microbiologist who believed that
although science and technology have done much to harm the Earth,
our ecological problems can also be solved through science and
technology. René Dubos' pioneering research in isolating antibacterial
substances from microorganisms that live in soil resulted in the
discovery of many lifesaving antibiotics. Later in his career
he explored human impact on the environment. He believed that
humanity is evolving a social conscience and can choose to change
directions to promote environmental balance and sustainability.
During the last two years of his life he served as chairman of
the Board of the René Dubos Center for Human Environment, which
was created in his honor. The Center's ongoing mission is to help
formulate policies to solve our environmental problems and to
promote environmental values.