For the major part of his life, Professor Maltoni was dedicated to the philosophy of Benardino Ramazzini, a philosophy that spawned the Collegium Ramazzini. Bernardino Ramazzini was an 18th century physician and scholar who realized the link between occupational exposure to dangerous chemicals and conditions and adverse effects on workers’ health.
The Collegium Ramazzini was organized as a non-profit organization dedicated to detecting adverse working conditions and chemical exposures, improving working conditions, and minimizing the danger of exposure to workers. Along with giants in epidemiology, environmental health, and occupational health… Maltoni devoted much of his life to the protection of workers. During his lifetime, Cesare Maltoni worked, traveled and participated in development of policy with Fellows of the Collegium from 35 countries who were leaders in the fields of occupational and environmental health, labour and public policy. The first meeting of the fledgling Collegium was held in Carpi, Italy in 1983.
The city of Carpi, home of Bernardino Ramazzini, has served as the annual meeting place of the Fellows of the Collegium Ramazzini for nearly 20 years and will do so for years to come, largely due to Professor Maltoni’s efforts and stature in the scientific community.
Gentleness, kind-heartedness, helpfulness in the cause of the underdog: these were the human qualities that are associated with him. Yet he could be firm, not to say scathing, in the face of arrogance, posing, opportunism, or off-handedness. He was a man of finesse and culture, a lover of art, literature and poetry. He seemed to possess a key to these, based on an uncommon respect for fine detail.
To his close co-workers he leaves work, action to be taken, projects and culture, but above all a spirit that he doggedly sought to instil: a sense of mission, the determination to carry it out, and “the habit of telling the truth, come what may”.
MYRON A. MEHLMAN, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Former Mobil’s Director of Toxicology and Manager of its Environmental Health and Science Laboratory
From “Remembering Professor Cesare Maltoni”
Maltoni was a giant in the field of providing a scientific basis for the regulation of occupational and environmental health hazards, especially those that cause cancer.
JOHN C. BAILAR III, MD, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago
from New York Times