The branch if biology that deals with viruses

Edward Jenner

Born in Berkeley, Gloucestershire at the age of 14 he was the local surgeon and received his training in London. In 1796 he carried out his experiment to cure smallpox, he injected pus taken from cowpox pustule into 8 year old James Phipps. People had said that milkmaids who had gotten cowpox before hand never got smallpox. In 1798 his work was finally published and called it a vaccine from the Latin word ¨vacca¨ meaning cow.

Jonas Salk

Born on October 28, 1914 in New York City. In 1947 he took position at the University of Pittsburgh, where he began working on a vaccine for polio. He began testing his vaccine in 1952 and over the next two years tested it on over 2 million children. Finally the vaccine was approved and in 1955 he was named a national hero.

Robert Gallo

Born in Connecticut in 1937. In high school he started spending time with a Dr. And soon knew he wanted to do something in the medical field. He began his career at the National Cancer institute, he soon became the head of a new laboratory called tumor cell research. In 1984 he succeeded in identifying the AIDS virus and called it HTLV-III.