Paul Dudley White (1886–73) was a pioneering American cardiologist and a founding member of the American Heart Association. Beginning in the 1940s, he played a pivotal role in development of the science of epidemiology of cardiovascular disease.
Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, White graduated from Harvard Medical School. He is credited with the popularizing the use of the electrocardiogram across the United States. His lifelong prophetic themes revolved around regular and vigorous physical activity for prevention of cardiovascular diseases, and the use of medicine as a device for international peace diplomacy. He published 12 books and in excess of 700 scientific articles. His most noted textbook, Heart Disease (1931) became a classic in the field.
White held many formal positions including that of executive director of the new National Heart Institute’s Advisory Council, and president of the Board of the International Society of Cardiology.