Nathan Wolfe is an American virologist best known for founding a not-for-profit organization called Global Viral, where he is serving as the director. Wolfe, who is also credited with founding Metabiota, spent more than eight years in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa conducting biomedical research. In 2009, Wolfe was mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine's Top 100 Agents of Change list.
Microbiologist Thomas Francis, Jr. is best remembered for identifying the influenza A and influenza B strains and creating a vaccine effective against both. He also contributed to the research on the treatment of pneumonia. His medical research won his many accolades and awards, such as the Medal of Freedom.
Best known for revolutionizing medical science with his research on hepatitis B, American physician R. Palmer Beasley was the first to find a link between the HPV virus and liver cancer. Though born into a family of bankers, he chose to study medicine at Harvard.
Renowned epidemiologist George W. Comstock is best remembered for his pathbreaking research on tuberculosis. Born to a metallurgical engineer, he had initially aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps but chose to study medicine at Harvard instead. His research areas included cancer and cardiovascular diseases, too.