Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dr. Jonas Salk-Who discover Polio Vaccine


Well before you go on to find who he is, first thank him. Thank him for what? for saving your life. Well he is Dr. Jonas Salk the Inventor of Polio Vaccine. His invention may or may not be a great thing, but whats great about him is he did not patent the vaccine and make personal profit. If he had patented the vaccine, he would have been a very rich man but millions of poor children would have been deprived of the life saving vaccine. When he was asked in a televised interview who owned the patent to the vaccine, Salk replied: "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?". The world celebrates bill gates, steve jobs, etc for giving us high tech gadgets, but here is a man who has saved many of our lives but we don’t even remember him now, How sad.

Jonas Salk is among the most venerated medical scientists of the century. Though his first words were reported to be "dirt, dirt," his early thoughts were not on studying germs but on going into law. He became interested in biology and chemistry, however, and decided to go into research. He went to New York University medical school for training. There in 1938 he began working with microbiologist Thomas Francis, Jr., who was looking for an influenza vaccine. They developed one that was used in the armed forces during World War II.
Jonas Salk was born in New York City. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants who, although they themselves lacked formal education, were determined to see their children succeed, and encouraged them to study hard. Jonas Salk was the first member of his family to go to college. He entered the City College of New York intending to study law, but soon became intrigued by medical science.

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