Meet and be inspired by Jonas Salk, the man who developed the polio
vaccine, as he tells his own incredible story. From his humble beginnings as
the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City, Jonas became the first
member of his family to go to college. He quickly became fascinated by medical
science, and his work on the influenza virus was a great success, preventing
further epidemics like those that killed so many people in the wake of the
First World War. This research helped Salk in the years of painstaking human
trials he conducted, trying to develop a vaccine for the polio virus. Polio
epidemics had caused misery and anxiety for parents of children in 1950s
America. Not only was Salk’s work a success, he refused to profit from
his vaccine by patenting it.
Jonas Salk’s story
comes to life through BioViews® which are short biographical
narratives, similar to interviews. These inspirational stories from the Amazing
People Club® provide a new way of learning about amazing people who
made major contributions and changed our world.
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