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There can’t be many science journalists who, having described the government of their country as a “persistent pest” in need of a “truly deadly pesticide”, have been praised at their death by both the president and prime minister of that country as a national hero.

But Anil Agarwal, whose death on 2 January at the age of 54 ended a long fight against cancer, was no ordinary science journalist.

Reference: Nature 415, 384 (2002)

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