Eli Lilly

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Birthday
8, 1838
Birthplace
Baltimore, MD
Death Date
Jun 6, 1898 (59)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
8, 1838
Birthplace
Baltimore, MD
Death Date
Jun 6, 1898 (59)

About

Founder of Eli Lilly and Company, the first pharmaceutical organization to mass-produce penicillin. His chain of pharmacies eventually sold products in over one hundred countries.

Before Fame

He enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel and commanding a cavalry unit.

Trivia

He pioneered the idea of drug prescriptions and was one of the first pharmacists to only give addictive or dangerous medications to people who had first consulted with a physician.

Family Life

After his death, his son Josiah inherited his pharmaceutical company.

Associated With

He helped bring Jonas Salk's polio vaccine to the masses.