Heroes that deserve more recognition

How much thought have you given lately to Karl Landsteiner? Karl who? He only saved a billion lives by his discovery of blood groups. Or how about these other heroes?

Abel Wolman (1892–1982) and Linn Enslow (1891–1957)
chlorination of water
177 million lives saved

William Foege (1936– )
smallpox eradication strategy
131 million lives saved

Maurice Hilleman (1919–2005)
eight vaccines
129 million lives saved

John Enders (1897–1985)
measles vaccine
120 million lives saved

Howard Florey (1898–1968)
82 million lives saved

Gaston Ramon (1886–1963)
diphtheria and tetanus vaccines
60 million lives saved

David Nalin (1941– )
oral rehydration therapy
54 million lives saved

Paul Ehrlich (1854–1915)
diphtheria and tetanus antitoxins
42 million lives saved

Andreas Grüntzig (1939–1985)
15 million lives saved

Grace Eldering (1900–1988) and Pearl Kendrick (1890–1980)
whooping cough vaccine
14 million lives saved

Gertrude Elion (1918–1999)
rational drug design
5 million lives saved

From Steven Pinker in "Enlightenment Now"

Publicado el septiembre 20, 2022 04:00 TARDE por danielcahen danielcahen


Hi Daniel, very interesting post! Have you noticed what's wrong with this list? It acknowledges mainly men and the two women named are on the bottom of the list;-) Here's another woman who needs more recognition:

Alice Augusta Ball (1802-1916), an African American chemist who developed an injectable oil extract which became the treatment for leprosy. Alice died at the age of 24 and was unable to publish her findings. The president of the university continued Alice’s work, publishing the findings as his own, without giving credit to her.

Publicado por anne_koerber hace más de 1 año

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