Jonas Salk

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Salk in August 1956
Salk's signature

Jonas Edward Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first successful polio vaccine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Salk was born on October 28, 1914 in New York City, New York to a Jewish-Irish family. He studied at the City College of New York and at the University of New York. Salk was married to Donna Lindsey from 1939 until they divorced in 1968. Then he was married to Françoise Gilot from 1970 until his death in 1995.

He had three children with Lindsey. Salk died on June 23, 1995 in his home in La Jolla, California from heart failure, aged 80.[1] He was buried at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego, California.

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  1. The New York Times, Dr. Jonas Salk, Whose Vaccine Turned Tide on Polio, Dies at 80 1995-06-25. Retrieved 2010-07-15.

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