Paul Rogers, former U.S. representative.
Nicknamed "Mr. Health" for his longstanding commitment to pass legislation to improve health and protect the environment, Rogers served in Congress from 1955 to 1979 and chaired a House subcommittee on health and the environment during his last eight years in office. Among the major health-related laws he championed were the National Cancer Act that mobilized federal resources on cancer, the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Rogers was chair emeritus for Research!America from 1996-2005. In 2000, Congress designated the main plaza at the National Institutes of Health as the Paul G. Rogers Plaza, and in 2006 Research!America established the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research to increase awareness of and make the case for greater U.S. investment in research to fight diseases that disproportionately affect the poorest nations.