Richard E(dwin) Shope

December 25th

Born 25 Dec 1901; died 2 Oct 1966 at age 64.

American veterinary pathologists and virologists first isolated the influenza virus, first vaccinated animals against influenza, and first  (1928) identified the pathogen as  the 191819 Spanish pandemic influenza virus. .. Laboratory and field studies he conducted on animal viruses provided insights into the protection of  animals and humans from the virus. He studied cancer tumors in animals. When investigating the role of mosquitoes as carriers of sleeping sickness, he picked up potentially deadly illnesses from themselves. Fortunately, he recovered completely (one of the few who recovered without permanent brain damage). His colleague, doctor. Delphine Clark obtained a “living virus” from his blood. This is the first to be drawn from a living human being.

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