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) is the discoverer/inventor of the eponymous Salk vaccine
(see polio vaccine
). This was one of the first successful attempts at immunization against a virus
, specifically the Poliomyelitis
virus. The vaccine provides the recipient with immunity against Polio
, and was seminal in the near eradication of a once widely-feared disease.
Salk was born in New York City. He spent his career as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California was named in Jonas Salk's honor.