Famous American Microbiologists

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 1 Arthur D. Levinson

Arthur D. Levinson
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Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: March 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 2 Bruce Edwards Ivins

Bruce Edwards Ivins
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Famous As: Biologist, Scientist, Circus performer, Politician
Birthdate: April 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lebanon
Died: July 29, 2008

Bruce Edwards Ivins was a microbiologist and vaccinologist. He served as the senior biodefense researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He was the suspected perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks and died in an apparent suicide after realizing that he was likely to face criminal charges for his alleged role in the attacks. 

 3 Richard M. Krause

Richard M. Krause
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States
Died: January 6, 2015
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 4 Maurice Hilleman

Maurice Hilleman
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Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miles City, Montana, United States
Died: April 11, 2005

Maurice Hilleman was an American microbiologist who developed more than 40 vaccines. His vaccines save almost eight million lives every year and he is regarded as one of the most important vaccinologists of all time. He also played a major role in the discovery of antigenic drift and shift. In 1988, he was honored with the National Medal of Science.

 5 Harold E. Varmus

Harold E. Varmus
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oceanside, New York, US

Harold E. Varmus is an American scientist who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with J. Michael Bishop for their discovery of the retroviral oncogenes' cellular origin. From 1993 to 1999, he served as the director of the National Institutes of Health. From 2010 to 2015, he served as the director of the National Cancer Institute.

 6 John Franklin Enders

John Franklin Enders
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Famous As: The Father of Modern Vaccines
Birthdate: February 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut
Died: September 8, 1985

 7 Daniel Nathans

Daniel Nathans
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Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: October 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, US
Died: November 16, 1999
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 8 Ken Alibek

Ken Alibek
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Famous As: Creating the most virulent strain of anthrax ever synthesized
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Kauchuk, Kazakhstan

 9 Hamilton O. Smith

Hamilton O. Smith
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Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: August 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York

 10 Albert Schatz

Albert Schatz
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Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: February 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: January 17, 2005

 11 Rebecca Lancefield

Rebecca Lancefield
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Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: January 5, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 3, 1981

 12 Hattie Alexander

Hattie Alexander
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Famous As: Pediatrician
Birthdate: April 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: June 24, 1968

 13 Mary Bunting

Mary Bunting
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: July 10, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 21, 1998

 14 Irving Millman

Irving Millman
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Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: May 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 2012

 15 Harold Ginsberg

Harold Ginsberg
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Famous As: Microbiologist
Birthdate: May 27, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Died: February 2, 2003