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Jonas Salk

Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.

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John Snow

John Snow was an English physician and a leader in the adoption of anesthesia and medical hygiene. He is considered one of the fathers of modern epidemiology, in part because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, London, in 1854. His findings inspired fundamental changes in the water and waste systems of London, which led to similar changes in other cities, and a significant improvement in general public health around the world.

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Michelle Bachelet

Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria is a Chilean politician who was the President of Chile twice, from 2006 to 2010 and from 2014 to 2018, the first woman in her country to occupy this position. After leaving the presidency and while not immediately reelectable, she was appointed the first executive director of the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In December 2013, Bachelet was reelected president with over 62% of the vote, bettering the 53.5% she obtained in 2006. She was the first president to be reelected since 1932.

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Ronald Ross

Sir Ronald Ross, was a British medical doctor who received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1902 for his work on the transmission of malaria, becoming the first British Nobel laureate, and the first born outside Europe. His discovery of the malarial parasite in the gastrointestinal tract of a mosquito in 1897 proved that malaria was transmitted by mosquitoes, and laid the foundation for the method of combating the disease. He was a polymath, writing a number of poems, published several novels, and composed songs. He was also an amateur artist and natural mathematician. He worked in the Indian Medical Service for 25 years. It was during his service that he made the groundbreaking medical discovery. After resigning from his service in India, he joined the faculty of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and continued as Professor and Chairman of Tropical Medicine of the institute for 10 years. In 1926 he became Director-in-Chief of the Ross Institute and Hospital for Tropical Diseases, which was established in honour of his works. He remained there until his death.

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Abdul El-Sayed

Abdulrahman Mohamed El-Sayed is an American physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and politician. In 2018 he ran for the Democratic nomination for governor of Michigan, finishing second.

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Albert Sabin

Albert Bruce Sabin was a Polish American medical researcher, best known for developing the oral polio vaccine which has played a key role in nearly eradicating the disease.

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Larry Brilliant

Lawrence "Larry" Brilliant is an American epidemiologist, technologist, philanthropist, and author of "Sometimes Brilliant."

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Eric Lander

Eric Steven Lander, a mathematician and geneticist, is a Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), former member of the Whitehead Institute, and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He was co-chair of U.S. President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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William Foege

William Herbert Foege M.D., M.P.H. (; born March 12, 1936) is an American epidemiologist who is credited with "devising the global strategy that led to the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s".

Politics, Health

Chen Chien-jen

Chen Chien-jen KSG KHS is the Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). He is an epidemiologist by training and was formerly vice president of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's premier research institution. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Fu Jen Catholic University.

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Devra Davis

Devra Lee Davis, is an American epidemiologist and writer.

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John Ioannidis

John P. A. Ioannidis is a Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Professor of Statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences.

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Precious Lunga

Precious Lunga is a Zimbabwean-born epidemiologist. She is currently Head of Health at global telecommunications company Econet Wireless. Prior to taking up this post, she worked with UNAIDS Geneva, and participated in anti-HIV microbicide trials led by the UK Medical Research Council for African women. She also worked in countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa.

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Matthew Huxley

Matthew Huxley was an epidemiologist and anthropologist, as well as an educator and author. His work ranged from promoting universal health care to establishing standards of care for nursing home patients and the mentally ill to investigating the question of what is a socially sanctionable drug.

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Don Francis

Donald Pinkston "Don" Francis is an American epidemiologist who worked on the Ebola outbreak in Africa in the late 1970s, and HIV/AIDS researcher. He retired from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1992, after 21 years of service. He currently lives in San Francisco, California.