Jonathan Mann, January 1998

Jonathan Mann, MD, MPH
School Of Medicine Keynote Speaker – January 15, 1998

Dr. Jonathan Mann (July 30, 1947- September 2, 1998) was the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights and Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. Additionally, Dr. Mann was Professor of Epidemiology and International Health, and Director of the International AIDS Center of the Harvard AIDS Institute.

From 1986-1990, Dr. Mann was founding director of the World Health Organization’s Global Program on AIDS, based in Geneva Switzerland. From 1984-1986, he founded and directed the Project SIDA, a collaborative AIDS research project based in Kinasha, Zaire and involving the US Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp, Belgium) and the Ministry of Health, Republic of Zaire. Dr. Mann was state epidemiologist and assistant director of the health department in New Mexico. From 1975-1997, he was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Mann received a BA (magna cum laude in History) from Harvard College, his MD from Washington University in St. Louis and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Mann was the President of the Doctors of the World, the US affiliate of the French medical humanitarian relief organization Medecins du Monde. As Chairman of the Global AIDS Policy coalition, an independent research and advocacy organization, he served as senior editor of its book AIDS in the World, published in 1992 by Harvard University Press.

Dr. Mann died in the 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111 along with his wife, AIDS researcher Mary Lou Clements-Mann. At the time of his death, he was the Dean of the Allegheny University School of Public Health, which is now the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia.