Jonas Salk
Job and job description
Medical researcher. Does experiments and develops vaccines and cures to disease and sickness.
October 28, 1914
June 23, 1995
Place of Birth
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Known for
Jonas Salk developed the vaccine, for the polio virus.
Science Explained
Jonas Salk developed the vaccine for the polio virus using dead polio bacteria to develop antibodies. Antibodies will fight the bacteria and make it less likely to for the polio virus to cause illness to you.
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Did you know?
  • During the production of the vaccine a large amount was contaminated with live polio virus bacteria and caused numerous deaths.
  • Some people feared the vaccine more than the virus itself.
  • The virus also attacked the breathing mussels and causing them to spend the rest of their lives in a contraption called the iron lung.
Matysiak, A. (2005, 07). The myth of jonas salk. Technology Review, 108, 76-78. Retrieved from
Peggy J. Parks Jonas Salk polio vaccine pioneer San Diego black birch; press Detroit.