Jonas Salk

(Jonas Edward Salk)

Jonas Salk
Jonas Salk
  • Born: October 28, 1914
  • Died: June 23, 1995
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Scientist









Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.

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Neither wisdom nor good will is now dominant. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. Miscellaneous
Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The people own the vaccine … There is no patent. Could you patent the sun? Copyrights, Patents & Intellectual Property
The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There are three stages of truth. First is that it can't be true, and that's what they said. “You couldn't immunize against polio with a killed-virus vaccine.” Second phase: they say, "Well, if it's true, it's not very important. And the third stage is, 'Well, we've known it all along. Human Nature
We were told in one lecture that it was possible to immunize against diphtheria and tetanus by the use of chemically treated toxins, or toxoids. And the following lecture, we were told that for immunization against a virus disease, you have to experience the infection, and that you could not induce immunity with the so-called "killed" or inactivated, chemically treated virus preparation. Well, somehow, that struck me. What struck me was that both statements couldn't be true. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. Hope
I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.
I pictured myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner. Morning ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience.
The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success. I knew right away that I was through - cast out. Success
There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. Hope
What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.