Many researchers contributed to an understanding of the poliomyelitis virus and its control with immunizations. Preventing poliomyelitis was the focus of the work done in the first half of the Twentieth Century. Other scientists and physicians left an important legacy by developing treatments and devices during that time. These individuals are featured. John R. Paul's 1971 A History of Poliomyelitis (New Haven: Yale University Press) was the major resource for descriptions of people who contributed to identifying the virus and developing the vaccines.
Many people have been instrumental in improving the lives of polio's survivors - the people for whom the vaccine was too late. They, too, are included in this section. Suggestions of names to add to "People" may be submitted through "Contact."
In addition to biographical information, major articles written by each person are listed. Entities such as universities, non-profits, and the federal government provide access to scientific and medical articles through special websites called aggregators. They were used to help assemble the articles."
John E. Affeldt, MD - May 26, 1918 -
Augusta Strongman Alba, MD - October 7, 1924 -
David Bodian, PhD, MD - May 15, 1910 - September 18, 1992
Charles Hudson Bynum - November 11, 1905 - January 8, 1996
Victor J. Cabasso, DSc - April 1, 1915 - February 28, 2012
Justin Dart, Jr. - August 29, 1930 - June 22, 2002
Philip A. Drinker, PhD - December 12, 1894 - October 19, 1972
Renato Dulbecco, MD - February 22, 1914 - February 19, 2012
John "Jack" Haven Emerson - February 5, 1906 - February 4, 1997
John Franklin Enders, PhD - February 10, 1897 - September 8, 1985