Robert James Tonn, Ph.D.

Title: Chief of Planning Management and Operations Unit (Retired)
Company: World Health Organization
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

Robert James Tonn, Ph.D., MPH, Retired Chief of Planning Management and Operations Unit at the World Health Organization, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in entomology and parasitology.

Dr. Tonn, a prominent entomologist and parasitologist, most recently served as the chief of planning management and operations unit with the World Health Organization for 22 fruitful years. Prior to this illustrious role, he was the director of the Taunton Field Station in Massachusetts from 1963 to 1965 and a research associate at Louisiana State University in both New Orleans, LA, and Costa Rica from 1961 to 1963. Throughout his career, he has also lent his time and expertise as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development, the WHO Division of Vector Biology and Control, and as an adjunct professor of parasitology at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Dr. Tonn holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Colorado State University, a Doctor of Philosophy from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Public Health from Oklahoma Medical School. He has additionally completed short courses through the Center for Disease Control. A contributor of myriad articles to journals and chapters to books, he was introduced to the field by a former parasitology professor, who lent him a book on parasitology, which later became his passion.

A member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Dr. Tonn was the former president of the Society for Vector Ecology. In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field, he was inducted into the Hillsboro Public Schools Hall of Fame in North Dakota. In addition, he was highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.

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