Koprowski, Hilary

Koprowski, Hilary,

1916–2013, Polish-American microbiologist and immunologist, b. Warsaw, M.D. Univ. of Warsaw, 1939. He fled Poland after the Nazi invasion (1939), making his way to Brazil where he worked in the Rockefeller Foundation's yellow-fever service. In 1944 he came to the United States, and joined Lederle Laboratories as a viral researcher. In 1948 he developed a live-virus polio vaccine, successfully testing it on himself, and in 1950 it was given in a successful trial to institutionalized children. Although developed before the SalkSalk, Jonas Edward,
1914–95, American physician and microbiologist, b. New York City, B.S. College of the City of New York, 1934, M.D. New York Univ. College of Medicine, 1939. He did research on the influenza virus at the Univ.
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 and SabinSabin, Albert Bruce
, 1906–93, American physician and microbiologist, b. Bialystock, Russia, grad. New York Univ. (B.S., 1928; M.D., 1931). He emigrated to the United States in 1921 and was naturalized in 1930.
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 vaccines, it was never approved for use in the United States, but it was successfully used elsewhere. As director (1957–91) of the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, he developed it as a significant research facility; rubella and rabies vaccines were developed there. He subsequently headed (1992–2011) the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson Univ., Philadelphia, and pioneered the use of monoclonal antibodies for cancer detection and treatment.


See biography by R. Vaughan (2000); D. M. Oshinsky, Polio: An American Story (2005).

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