Authored by: Carl Blackman
Published on: Aug 30, 2018
Dr. Martin Blank, President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, 1998-1999, passed away on June 13, 2018, at 85 years old. In 2012, Dr. Blank retired after 35 years at Columbia University. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics. During his academic training, he received a PhD from Columbia University in Physical Chemistry, and a second PhD from Cambridge University in Colloidal Science. Dr. Blank worked at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology, examining the influence of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures on cellular stress responses, and on DNA and subsequent down-stream cellular processes.
He lent his expertise via visiting appointments to over 10 leading universities throughout the world, and to the U.S. Office of Naval Research. He also served as President of the Bioelectrochemical Society, and was a member of several journal editorial boards.
His published research findings, as well as those of other scientists, led Dr. Blank to become concerned about potential human health effects that could occur from various types of anthropogenic electromagnetic fields in the environment.
Dr. Blank joined with other prominent scientists as an author-contributor to The BioInitiative, which served as a world-wide, web-based reference for individuals seeking information about potential biological actions caused by unintended EMF exposure. His concern about this issue also prompted him join a group that petitioned the World Health Organization and the United Nations to call for greater attention to the potential health hazards from unintended EMF exposures.
To further inform the lay public, he also wrote a book in 2014 entitled Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation and What You Can Do About It (Seven Stories Press).
He was a gentleman in his interactions with other scientific peers, but always defended his well thought out positions. Thus, he served as an excellent example for students and younger scientists.