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In Memory of Dr. Martha Vaughan, Member Emerita of the Committee on Human Rights                                                                                    October 4, 2018

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It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of National Academy of Sciences member Martha Vaughan, who served on the Committee on Human Rights (CHR) from 1992-1998.  Dr. Vaughan was elected to the NAS in 1985 for her pioneering work in the field of metabolic regulation. She spent the majority of her distinguished career at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Vaughan first became involved in the work of the CHR in 1985.  Both as a Committee member and as a CHR “Correspondent”, she took countless actions in support of individual scientists subjected to human rights abuses as a result of their professional activities or for having peacefully spoken out about injustice within their societies.   

Dr. Vaughan’s support over the past 32 years has been invaluable to the Committee, and we are deeply grateful to have had the pleasure to know and work with her.