Dr. Thomas Weller, Nobel Winner, Dies At Age Of 93

August 28, 2008

Dr. Thomas Weller, a Nobel Prize winner whose work led to the creation of the polio vaccine has died at the age of 93.....Washington (ChattahBox) – Dr. Thomas Weller, a Nobel Prize winner whose work led to the creation of the polio vaccine has died at the age of 93.

His son, Dr. Peter Weller, confirmed that Dr. Thomas Weller died on August 23rd at his home in Needham, Massachusetts at the age of 93.

Dr. Thomas Weller was brilliant in many ways, winning the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two colleagues, John Enders and Frederick Robbins.

He was very well-known for his work on tissue-culture methods, and viral diseases.

His work in 1949 led to the development of the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines. He was also a consultant to the World Health Organization, as well as the International Health Organization, and the Pan American Health Organization.

He retired from the role of professor of tropical medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1980.


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