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Jonas Salk

1914 - 1995

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Jonas Edward Salk (; born Jonas Salk; October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American virologist and medical researcher who developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. He was born in New York City and attended the City College of New York and New York University School of Medicine.In 1947, Salk accepted a professorship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he undertook a project beginning in 1948 to determine the number of different types of poliovirus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jonas Salk has received more than 3,770,613 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Jonas Salk is the 85th most popular physician (down from 80th in 2019), the 627th most popular biography from United States (up from 688th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Physician.

Jonas Salk is most famous for developing the polio vaccine.

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Among physicians, Jonas Salk ranks 85 out of 502Before him are Shirō Ishii, Louis Auguste Blanqui, William T. G. Morton, August Krogh, François Duvalier, and Johannes Fibiger. After him are Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Werner Forssmann, Cornelius Jansen, Friedrich Miescher, Róbert Bárány, and Walter Rudolf Hess.

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Among people born in 1914, Jonas Salk ranks 21Before him are Bohumil Hrabal, Octavio Paz, William S. Burroughs, Richard Widmark, Lída Baarová, and Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. After him are Willi Stoph, Joe Louis, Abd al-Karim Qasim, Desmond Llewelyn, Karl Carstens, and Joe DiMaggio. Among people deceased in 1995, Jonas Salk ranks 17Before him are Anatoly Dyatlov, Mikhail Botvinnik, Adolf Butenandt, William Alfred Fowler, Dean Martin, and Alec Douglas-Home. After him are Donald Pleasence, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Teresa Teng, Edward Bernays, Louis Malle, and Patricia Highsmith.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jonas Salk ranks 627 out of 18,182Before him are Donald Rumsfeld (1932), Charles Greeley Abbot (1872), Ted Kennedy (1932), Jeff Goldblum (1952), Donna Summer (1948), and Telly Savalas (1922). After him are Robert Wagner (1930), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Raquel Welch (1940), Talia Shire (1946), Jimmy Hoffa (1913), and John Browning (1855).

Among PHYSICIANS In United States

Among physicians born in United States, Jonas Salk ranks 4Before him are Herbert Spencer Gasser (1888), William P. Murphy (1892), and William T. G. Morton (1819). After him are Stanley Cohen (1922), Frederick Chapman Robbins (1916), George Minot (1885), Ferid Murad (1936), Francis Peyton Rous (1879), Harvey J. Alter (1935), Virginia Apgar (1909), and Joseph Murray (1919).