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 in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. It was there that he undertook a project to determine the number of different types of poliovirus, starting in 1948. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jonas Salk has received more than 3,188,733 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Jonas Salk is the 80th most popular physician (up from 118th in 2019), the 688th most popular biography from United States (up from 899th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Physician.

Jonas Salk is most famous for developing the polio vaccine.

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Among physicians, Jonas Salk ranks 80 out of 509Before him are Hans Selye, Herophilos, Selman Waksman, Jean Nicot, Cornelius Jansen, and Hans Asperger. After him are Elias Lönnrot, Jang-geum, Johannes Fibiger, Jacques Rogge, Emil Theodor Kocher, and William T. G. Morton.

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Among people born in 1914, Jonas Salk ranks 22Before him are Richard Widmark, Tyrone Power, Bohumil Hrabal, Lída Baarová, Joe Louis, and Aribert Heim. After him are Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, Willi Stoph, Joe DiMaggio, Desmond Llewelyn, Philippe Ariès, and Karl Carstens. Among people deceased in 1995, Jonas Salk ranks 21Before him are Adolf Butenandt, Edward Bernays, Louis Malle, Donald Pleasence, Patricia Highsmith, and Hannes Alfvén. After him are Teresa Teng, Ginger Rogers, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Siad Barre, Milovan Đilas, and Fred Perry.

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Among people born in United States, Jonas Salk ranks 688 out of 15,968Before him are Kenneth Arrow (1921), John Irving (1942), Gene Wilder (1933), Robert Nozick (1938), Theodore William Richards (1868), and Billy Graham (1918). After him are H. H. Holmes (1861), Francis Fukuyama (1952), John Goodman (1952), Robert Altman (1925), Dennis Tito (1940), and Bill Evans (1929).

Among PHYSICIANS In United States

Among physicians born in United States, Jonas Salk ranks 2Before him are Stanley Cohen (1922). After him are William T. G. Morton (1819), Ferid Murad (1936), William P. Murphy (1892), Baruch Samuel Blumberg (1925), Robin Cook (1940), Herbert Spencer Gasser (1888), Joseph Erlanger (1874), Joseph Murray (1919), Virginia Apgar (1909), and Louis Ignarro (1941).