Rosalie Bertell

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Sister Dr. Rosalie Bertell (April 4, 1929 – June 14, 2012) was an American scientist, author, environmental activist, epidemiologist, and sister of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, best known for her work in the field of ionizing radiation. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, she worked in environmental health since 1970.[1][2]


Rosalie Bertell was born to Paul G. and Helen (née Twohey) Bertell in Buffalo, New York. Her mother was Canadian, her father a citizen of the USA. In 1966, she received a Ph.D in Biometrics from the Catholic University of America.[3] From 1969–1978, Sister Dr. Bertell was senior cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She was a consultant to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and to Health Canada.[1]

In 1983, she received the "Hans-Adalbert Schweigart"-Medal from the World Union for Protection of Life.[3] She was president of International Institute of Concern for Public Health from 1987 to 2004. She founded the International Medical Commission Chernobyl in 1996 and is also member of the International Medical Commission on Bhopal since 1994.[3] Bertell was also a vocal advocate against chemtrails.[4][not in citation given]


Bertell appeared in at least five documentary films between 1985 and 2005. They include:[5]

Title Director Production Company Year
Poison Dust Sue Harris Lightyear Entertainment 2005
Fatal Fallout: The Bush Legacy Gary Null 2004
Bhopal: The Search for Justice Peter Raymont, Lindalee Tracey White Pine Pictures 2004
Uranium Magnus Isacsson National Film Board of Canada 1990
Speaking our peace Bonnie Sherr Klein, Terre Nash National Film Board of Canada 1985


Bertell died of cancer at age 83 at Saint Mary Medical Center, Langhorne, Pennsylvania.


Bertell published many articles and was editor of the journal, "International Perspectives in Public Health".[3] She wrote the books No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth (1985) and Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War (2000).[4]


Bertell received many awards, including:[3]

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  1. ^ a b Dr. Rosalie Bertell profile at
  2. ^ ""Anti-Nuclear Nun" Rosalie Bertell Dies at 83". Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ilya Sandra Perlingieri (June 15, 2012). "Remembering Rosalie Bertell". Global Research. 
  4. ^ a b List of publications by Dr. Rosalie Bertell
  5. ^ "Rosalie Bertell". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 

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