Kirk R. Smith

We deeply regret to acknowledge the passing of our dear friend and HAPIN co-investigator, Professor Kirk R. Smith, in June 2020. Kirk was the universally recognized father of efforts to understand and mitigate the effects of household air pollution on vulnerable populations. He was the first to characterize the contribution that HAP makes to the global burden of disease and to conduct a trial on a possible intervention (RESPIRE). He worked tirelessly to characterize the threats from open fire cooking, and to develop interventions and advocate for clean cooking solutions.

Kirk will be greatly missed but will continue to inspire our research.

- The HAPIN Team


Numerous articles and obituaries were written about Kirk's life: