Council Commentary

Population Council Grieves Passing of Innovator in Contraceptive Research, Harold A. Nash, MD

The Population Council grieves the passing of Dr. Harold A. Nash,  a former Council staff member and innovator in the field of contraceptive research and development. He died on Friday, April 22 at the age of 97.

Nash was a scientist, distinguished leader in the field of contraceptive technology, and an artist. He began working at the Council in 1971 and served as a longtime researcher at the Center for Biomedical Research, where his artwork often adorned the walls. He was the principal developer of the Council’s contraceptive vaginal rings, as well as a contributor to the development of the copper intrauterine device and subdermal implant. Nash had an impressive career that spanned several decades, during which he developed significant advancements for contraception that will continue to impact women’s health worldwide.