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France Decorates Local Professor
Dr. Albert Schatz, a professor at Temple University, has been awarded the Grand Prix Humanitaire de France in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to humanity. This medal is an official decoration of the government of France and was established in 1892. by the president of the Republic. It is the highest distinction in France for meritorious service to humanity.
Dr. Schatz was decorated by M. Alexandre Bayait, officially representing the French government at a formal ceremony held in the Maison de la Chemie, Paris. Dr. Schatz was in Paris as a member of the Comite d'Honneur of the 21st Congress of Naturopathy, sponsored by the French Federation of Naturopath and the Institute of Biological Humanism.
Dr. Schatz' latest research concerns fluoridation. His findings show that fluoridation of drinking water in Chile markedly increased infant mortality and the overall death rate of the total population. His report has attracted worldwide interest because other countries, which have been adding fluoride to their drinking water, may also unknowingly have increased the death rates in certain susceptible segments of their populations.
Professor Schatz is internationally known for his scientific research and has been awarded honorary degrees and titles by five universities, two of which have named him Doctor Honoris Causa. He is an honorary member of various scientific, medical, and dental societies in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Health in Great Britain.
Dr. Schatz is the co-discoverer of the antibiotic streptomycin, which was the first effective drug for the treatment of tuberculosis. He has also done research on cancer, heart disease, poliomyelitis, influenza, bacterial and fungus infections, parasitic protozoa, drug action, environmental pollutants, soil fertility, crop production, dental caries and fluoridation.
From 1962 to 1965, Dr. Schatz and his family lived in Chile, where he was a professor at the University of Chile's faculty of chemistry and pharmacy. In 1965, the University of Chile named him a "most distinguished professor" because of his important scientific contributions in that country,
When the present military dictatorship overthrew the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende and installed a general as rector of the University of Chile, Dr. Schatz resigned from the institution as a protest against the violation of human rights in Chile.
Dr. Schatz and his wife, Vivian, reside at 5501 Wayne Ave., Germantown. The Schatzes have frequently contributed scientific and ecological articles to the LOCAL.