Famous American Virologists

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 1 Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk
Famous As: Medical researcher
Birthdate: October 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 23, 1995

If the world is successful in its fight against polio, the credit goes to American virologist Jonas Salk who developed a vaccine for the disease. Described as a “miracle worker”, his concerns for humanity were reflected in the fact that he did not claim a patent for the vaccine. He founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, based in California.

 2 Dexter Holland

Dexter Holland
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Garden Grove, California, United States

Bryan Holland, or Dexter Holland, formed the rock band The Offspring, of which he is also the lead singer and guitarist. A virologist, too, he also attained a PhD in molecular biology from USC. He is also a certified pilot and works for charitable causes such as AIDS awareness.

 3 Robert Gallo

Robert Gallo
Famous As: Virologist, Oncologist, Physician, Immunologist
Birthdate: March 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waterbury
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 4 David Baltimore

David Baltimore
Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: March 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

David Baltimore is an American university administrator and biologist. He is currently serving as President Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He won the 1975 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries concerning the interaction between the genetic material of the cell and tumor viruses. In 1999, he was honored with the National Medal of Science. 

 5 Hilary Koprowski

Hilary Koprowski
Famous As: Virologist, Immunologist
Birthdate: December 5, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warsaw
Died: April 11, 2013

 6 Howard Martin Temin

Howard Martin Temin
Famous As: Geneticist and Virologist
Birthdate: December 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 9, 1994

Virologist Howard Martin Temin won his Nobel Prize for co-discovering the enzyme reverse transcriptase. His initial research was in the area of animal cancers, as he was also a PhD in animal virology from Caltech. He spent almost his entire academic career teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

 7 John Franklin Enders

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

Francis Peyton Rous
Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: October 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: February 16, 1970

 9 Nathan Wolfe

Nathan Wolfe
Famous As: Virologist and epidemiologist
Birthdate: August 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 10 Thomas Huckle Weller

Thomas Huckle Weller
Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: June 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Died: August 23, 2008

 11 Frederick Chapman Robbins

Frederick Chapman Robbins
Famous As: Virologist and Paediatrician
Birthdate: August 25, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auburn, Alabama, United States
Died: August 4, 2003

 12 Thomas Francis, Jr.

Thomas Francis, Jr.
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: July 15, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gas City, Indiana, United States
Died: October 1, 1969

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.

 13 Robert Huebner

Robert Huebner
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: February 23, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheviot, Ohio, United States
Died: August 26, 1998

 14 Thomas Milton Rivers

Thomas Milton Rivers
Famous As: Bacteriologist
Birthdate: September 3, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jonesboro, Georgia, United States
Died: May 12, 1962

 15 Thomas C. Peebles

Thomas C. Peebles
Famous As: Physician and virologist
Birthdate: June 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts
Died: July 8, 2010

 16 Irving Millman

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

 17 Harold Ginsberg

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

 18 Harry Martin Meyer, Jr.

Harry Martin Meyer, Jr.
Famous As: Virologist
Birthdate: November 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Texas, United States
Died: August 19, 2001