Title
Doctor Jonas Salk
Date
ca. 1935-1980
Creator
unknown
Description
Doctor Jonas Salk (center) arrived in Pittsburgh in 1947 to head the virus research center at the University of Pittsburgh. His expertise for battling viruses was developed while he created a flu vaccine for the United States military. Soon after this achievement, Dr. Salk was offered the opportunity to develop a vaccine against polio. This disease infected nearly 38,000 people each year in the 1940s and the early 1950s. After ten years of work, Dr, Salk, along with the work of other researchers and three strains of the dead polio virus, successfully vaccinated more than 400,000 children, including three of his own. By 1960, the incidence of polio had dropped by ninety percent. Doctor Jonas Salk died in 1995 having dedicated the last years of his life finding a vaccine for AIDS. Salk Hall, located on the University of Pittsburgh campus, was named in honor of Dr. Salk.
Subjects
Salk, Jonas, 1914-1995.
Digital Identifier
MSP285.B021.F09.I01
Source Identifier
MSP285.B021.F09.I01
Source
Allegheny Conference on Community Development Photographs, 1892-1981
Additional Information

Senator John Heinz History Center - Historic Pittsburgh Image Collection

Doctor Jonas Salk

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