Amazing People Education – Dr Jonas Salk, what is the vaccine he discovered?

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Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students –

“To find the enemy discover where it lives

When attacking the enemy look at how it behaves

To  destroy the enemy, analyze how it breeds

In my case, the enemy was xxxxx?”

– Dr Jonas Salk

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Dr Jonas Salk first inoculated a boy with the vaccine to stop ‘this enemy in its tracks’ on April 12, 1955.


salkMeet Jonas Salk and find out how important his research and work were for all of us world-wide.




  1. What disease did he research and discover a vital cure for?
  2. What year did Jonas graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree from The City College of
    New York?
  3. What research did he first undertake with Dr Thomas Francis Jr?
  4. Fill in the word – Jonas was named ‘American Xxxxxxxx of the Year ‘in 1976?
  5. In what year was ‘this disease’ eradicated in the U.S.?
  • Some had to live their days in an iron lung, in order to breathe
  • Outbreaks reached pandemic proportions between 1900 and 1960

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The development of this vaccine by Jonas Salk was a huge breakthrough for medicine.  Born in New York City to Jewish parents, Jonas studied medicine before deciding on a career in medical research.  Be inspired by his tireless efforts to find this crucial vaccine.  Experience how he took huge yet vital risks, even with his own family’s health, to achieve his extraordinary results.

libraryWho are some of the other dedicated Scientists who, like Jonas Salk, contributed to scientific discoveries? Charles Darwin, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Linus Pauling, Einstein, Curie, Faraday, Newton, Tesla and Louis Pasteur, just to name a few. Students can learn more about these wonderful individuals and reflect upon their contribution to science and medicine though our Amazing People Library.

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