Who is Maurice Hilleman?

This will be the correct response if Alex Trebek ever says: “American vaccinologist credited with saving more lives than any other scientist in the 20th century”. It amazes me that Hilleman is not a household name, and that he didn’t win a Nobel prize. Even after paying close attention during medical school, internal medicine residency, and two fellowships (in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology), I had very little understanding of his immense contributions to infection prevention until I begin reviewing the mumps vaccine literature during the Iowa mumps outbreak in 2006.

So please, take a few minutes to read this excellent NY Times piece about Hilleman.


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