David Pollock (humanist)
|Born||February 3, 1942|
|Occupation||Humanist, and former President of the European Humanist Federation|
Life and career
He became involved in 1961 with the humanist group at Oxford University, where he studied Classics. He later worked in management in the National Coal Board, before becoming Director of Action on Smoking and Health between 1991-1995, and then of the Continence Foundation, between 1996-2001. His research while at ASH led to his writing "Denial & Delay: The Political History of Smoking and Health, 1951-1964" (ASH, 1999 - ISBN 1 872428 44 4).
He was a trustee of the British Humanist Association (BHA) between 1965 and 1975, and again since 1997; Chair of the BHA in 1970-72; and Chair of its Parliamentary Working Group. He is also a director (since 1979) and has been Chair of the Rationalist Association, publisher of New Humanist magazine.
He was President of the European Humanist Federation between 2006 and 2012, where he campaigned for secularism, human rights and equality within European and international institutions. He now represents the International Humanist and Ethical Union at the Council of Europe. He received the Distinguished Service to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union in 2011.
- British Humanist Association, BHA wishes David Pollock a Happy 70th Birthday, 3 February 2012. Accessed 26 October 2012
- Oxford University Humanist Group. Accessed 27 October 2012
- The Continence Foundation closed in 2008 but its website is maintained by its successor the Bladder and Bowel Foundation http://www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org/about/about.asp. Accessed 28 October 2012
- British Humanist Association: Trustees. Accessed 26 October 2012
- See full text at http://www.denialdelay.org.uk/
- Secular News Daily, BHA’s David Pollock receives prestigious international award, 13 August 2011. Accessed 26 October 2012