Salk’s work was revolutionary, but he did not work in this field alone. Albert Sabin also developed a polio vaccine around the same time using a different approach. Together, the story of these two men’s work is a fascinating story that uncovers many of the difficulties and solutions taken in vaccine development.
Jonas Salk the medical researcher who came up with the first polio vaccine was born on this day in 1914. Salk died at the age of 80 in 1995. Salk did more to help the country and the world than most of the presidents of the United States have done. The news of the polio vaccine’s success was made public in 1955 and Salk was called a miracle worker and celebrated all over the world. Salk had no interest in personal gain on his discovery. When asked if he had the vaccine patented he replied ” There is no patent. Can you patent the sun?”