Jonas Salk
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Jonas Salk

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Birthday
28, 1914
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jun 23, 1995 (80)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
28, 1914
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jun 23, 1995 (80)

About

Jewish medical researcher and virologist who developed a vaccine against polio in 1955. He never attempted to patent his vaccine and thus made no money off of it. In 1960 he founded he Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California and he spent his last years attempting to find a cure to HIV.

Before Fame

He attended Townsend Harris High School for intellectually gifted students, which aimed to graduate students in three years rather than four. After graduating, he attended CCNY. 

Trivia

Before he discovered the vaccine for polio, it was considered the most frightening public health problem in the United States. In 1952, 21,269 patients were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

Family Life

He was married to his second wife Françoise Gilot from 1970 until his death in 1995. He had five sons and one daughter.

Associated With

He developed the first effective vaccine for polio, a disease which most notably affected President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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