Biology

TED Prize Winner: Larry Brilliant

Posted by: Tedconfamy

Larry_brilliant1It’s difficult to resist making a pun around the name Larry Brilliant. Board-certified in preventive medicine and public health, Larry lived in India for 10 years — first at a Himalayan monastery, and later as a diplomat working for the UN. He helped lead the successful WHO smallpox-eradication program and later founded the Seva Foundation, an international health nonprofit that’s restored sight to more than two million blind people. Larry also co-founded the legendary online community, The Well. His current passion surrounds the threat of Bird Flu, and he’s hinted that his TED Prize wish will lie somewhere in the realm of global health. He’s open to suggestions …