John D. Spengler

John D. Spengler is the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, and Director of the Environmental Science and Engineering Program in the Department of Environmental Health, at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. Prof. Spengler has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, aerosol characterization, indoor air pollution and air pollution meteorology, and has published extensively in the open literature in each of these areas. More recently, he has been involved in research that includes the integration of knowledge about indoor and outdoor air pollution as well as other risk factors into the design of housing, buildings and communities. Several new efforts are underway to investigate housing design and its effects on ventilation rates, building materials’ selection, energy consumption, and total environmental quality in homes. The tools of life-cycle analysis and risk assessment and activity-based costing are being used as indicators to measure the sustainable attributes of alternative designs, practices and community development. In addition, to his academic and research activities, Professor Spengler has been active in professional education workshops and short courses on topics that include pollution prevention and indoor environmental quality management for schools, offices and hospitals, and distance learning courses ( He is co-editor of three books: Indoor Air Quality Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2001); Particles in Our Air: Concentrations and Health Effects (distributed by Harvard University Press, 1996); and Indoor Air Pollution: A Health Perspective (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991). He is on the editorial board of the journal Indoor Air, and he is the President (2002-2003) of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences.

Prof. Spengler is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association, the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (founding member), the International Society of Exposure Analysis (founding member), the American Meteorological Society, and the American Chemical Society. Currently, Prof. Spengler is a member of ASHRAE’s Environmental Health Committee. Recently, he served as a member of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Air Quality in Passenger Cabins of Commercial Aircraft (2000-2001). He has also served on the American Lung Association’s National Air Conservation Commission (1997-1998) and on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (1995-1998). He serves an advisor to the World Health Organization on indoor air pollution, personal exposure and air pollution epidemiology, and he has served as either a member or consultant on various U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board committees. In 2003, Prof. Spengler received a Heinz Award for the Environment.

Along with Dr. Douglas Dockery, Prof. Spengler was a co-organizer of the international 1998 ISEE/ISEA Conference, held in Boston, MA (August 1998). From 1981, when the first International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climates was held in Amherst, MA, to the present, Prof. Spengler has served as a chair or co-chair for various technical sessions. In addition, he served as an international advisor/coordinator for the 9th (Monterey, CA, June/July 2002), 8th (Edinburgh, Scotland; August 1999), 7th (Nagoya, Japan; July 1996) and the 6th (Helsinki, Finland; July 1993) International Conferences on Indoor Air Quality and Climate.

Dr. Spengler received a B.S. degree in physics (1966) from the University of Notre Dame, a Ph.D. degree in atmospheric sciences (1971) from the State University of New York-Albany, and a M.S. degree in environmental health sciences (1973) from Harvard University.



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