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Jonas Edward Salk (born Jonas Salk; October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American virologist and medical researcher who developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. He was born in New York City and attended the City College of New York and New York University School of Medicine.

In 1947, Salk accepted a professorship in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. It was there that he undertook a project to determine the number of different types of poliovirus, starting in 1948. For the next seven years, Salk devoted himself towards developing a vaccine against polio.

Salk was immediately hailed as a "miracle worker" when the vaccine's success was first made public in April 1955, and chose to not patent the vaccine or seek any profit from it in order to maximize its global distribution. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and the University of Pittsburgh looked into patenting the vaccine but, since Salk's techniques were not novel, their patent attorney said "if there were any patentable novelty to be found in this phase it would lie within an extremely narrow scope and would be of doubtful value." An immediate rush to vaccinate began in both the United States and around the world. Many countries began polio immunization campaigns using Salk's vaccine, including Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, West Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium. By 1959, the Salk vaccine had reached about 90 countries. An attenuated live oral polio vaccine was developed by Albert Sabin, coming into commercial use in 1961. Less than 25 years after the release of Salk's vaccine, domestic transmission of polio had been eliminated in the United States.

In 1963, Salk founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, which is today a center for medical and scientific research. He continued to conduct research and publish books in his later years, focusing in his last years on the search for a vaccine against HIV. Salk also campaigned vigorously for mandatory vaccination throughout the rest of his life, calling the universal vaccination of children against disease a "moral commitment". Salk's personal papers are today stored in Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego.

quote by Jonas Salk: At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge? with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge?

--Jonas Salk


quote by Jonas Salk: Wisdom: It's something that you know when you see it. You can recognize it, you can experience it. I have defined wisdom as the capacity to make judgments that when looked back upon will seem to have… with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Wisdom: It's something that you know when you see it. You can recognize it, you can experience it. I have defined wisdom as the capacity to make judgments that when looked back upon will seem to have been wise.

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quote by Jonas Salk: It is said to await certainty is to await eternity. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

It is said to await certainty is to await eternity.

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quote by Jonas Salk: It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience.

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quote by Jonas Salk: In my view, art and the approach to life through art, using it as a vehicle for education and even for doing science is so vital that it is part of a great new revolution that is taking place. I beli… with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

In my view, art and the approach to life through art, using it as a vehicle for education and even for doing science is so vital that it is part of a great new revolution that is taking place. I believe we are entering a whole new epoch.

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quote by Jonas Salk: I couldn't possibly have become a member of this Institute, you know, if I hadn't organized it myself. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

I couldn't possibly have become a member of this Institute, you know, if I hadn't organized it myself.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Evolution favors the survival of the wisest. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Evolution favors the survival of the wisest.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Eventually we'll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Eventually we'll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Are we being good ancestors? with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Are we being good ancestors?

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quote by Jonas Salk: Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.

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quote by Jonas Salk: It is possible to create an epidemic of health which is self-organizing and self-propelling. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

It is possible to create an epidemic of health which is self-organizing and self-propelling.

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quote by Jonas Salk: I see the triumph of good over evil as a manifestation of the error-correcting process of evolution. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

I see the triumph of good over evil as a manifestation of the error-correcting process of evolution.

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quote by Jonas Salk: There is a moment of conception and a moment of birth, but between them there is a long period of gestation. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

There is a moment of conception and a moment of birth, but between them there is a long period of gestation.

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quote by Jonas Salk: I think of the need for more wisdom in the world, to deal with the knowledge that we have. At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enoug… with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

I think of the need for more wisdom in the world, to deal with the knowledge that we have. At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge?

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quote by Jonas Salk: I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.

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quote by Jonas Salk: A good parent gives their child roots and wings. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

A good parent gives their child roots and wings.

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quote by Jonas Salk: The mind, in addition to medicine, has powers to turn the immune system around. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

The mind, in addition to medicine, has powers to turn the immune system around.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Who owns the patent on this vaccine?'
'Well, the people, I would say. There is not patent. Could you patent the sun? with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Who owns the patent on this vaccine?'
'Well, the people, I would say. There is not patent. Could you patent the sun?

--Jonas Salk
quote by Jonas Salk: When you inoculate children with a polio vaccine, you don't sleep well for two or three months. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

When you inoculate children with a polio vaccine, you don't sleep well for two or three months.

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quote by Jonas Salk: I think of evolution as an error-making and error-correcting process, and we are constantly learning from experience. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

I think of evolution as an error-making and error-correcting process, and we are constantly learning from experience.

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quote by Jonas Salk: If all insects disappeared, all life on earth would perish. If all humans disappeared, all life on earth would flourish. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

If all insects disappeared, all life on earth would perish. If all humans disappeared, all life on earth would flourish.

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quote by Jonas Salk: What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Solutions come through evolution. They come through asking the right questions, because the answers pre-exist. It is the questions that we must define and discover. You don't invent the answer-you re… with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Solutions come through evolution. They come through asking the right questions, because the answers pre-exist. It is the questions that we must define and discover. You don't invent the answer-you reveal the answer.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Find the right questions. You don't invent the answers, you reveal the answers. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Find the right questions. You don't invent the answers, you reveal the answers.

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quote by Jonas Salk: My ambition was to bring to bear on medicine a chemical approach. I did that by chemical manipulation of viruses and chemical ways of thinking in biomedical research. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

My ambition was to bring to bear on medicine a chemical approach. I did that by chemical manipulation of viruses and chemical ways of thinking in biomedical research.

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quote by Jonas Salk: This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man … with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man -- if man is not enslaved by it.

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quote by Jonas Salk: If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Reply when questioned on the safety of the polio vaccine he developed:

It is safe, and you can't get safer than safe. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Reply when questioned on the safety of the polio vaccine he developed:

It is safe, and you can't get safer than safe.

--Jonas Salk
quote by Jonas Salk: Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Your dreams tell you what to do; your reason tells you how to do it. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Your dreams tell you what to do; your reason tells you how to do it.

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quote by Jonas Salk: There is no such thing as failure, there's just giving up too soon. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

There is no such thing as failure, there's just giving up too soon.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Charlotte's Web Life is magic, the way nature works seems to be quite magical. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Charlotte's Web Life is magic, the way nature works seems to be quite magical.

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quote by Jonas Salk: I pictured myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

I pictured myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience.

--Jonas Salk

Longer Version:

Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience ... it's just chance that I happened to be here at this particular time when there was available and at my disposal the great experience of all the investigators who plodded along for a number of years.


quote by Jonas Salk: Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.

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quote by Jonas Salk: It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner.

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quote by Jonas Salk: I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.

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quote by Jonas Salk: The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.

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quote by Jonas Salk: There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.

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quote by Jonas Salk: The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success. I knew right away that I was through -- cast out. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success. I knew right away that I was through -- cast out.

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quote by Jonas Salk: Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. with background image: photo of author Jonas Salk with quote

Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.

--Jonas Salk

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