Jonas Salk

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk Full Name: Jonas Salk
Nationality: American

Profession: Medical Researcher and Virologist
Why Famous: Discovered and developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine.

When the Salk vaccine was introduced, polio was considered the most frightening public health problem of the post-war United States.

He was uninterested in personal profit and when asked in a televised interview who owned the patent to the vaccine, Salk replied: "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"

Born: October 28, 1914
Star Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA

Died: June 23, 1995 (aged 80)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1939-06-09 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (24) weds social worker Donna Lindsay
  • 1970-06-29 Medical researcher Jonas Salk (55) weds painter and author Fran├žoise Gilot (48) in Paris

Historical Events in the Life of Jonas Salk

  • 1953-03-26 Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio
  • 1954-02-23 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
  • 1954-04-26 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins
  • 1955-04-10 Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine
  • 1955-04-12 Salk polio vaccine safe & effective; 4 billion dimes marched

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