Jonas Salk

Jonas Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first safe and effective polio vaccine.

Early life

Jonas Edward Salk was born on October 28, 1914 in the city of New York to parents Daniel and Dora Salk. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants with rather scarce education and rather poor material situation, non the less they wanted to educate their kids as much as they could.


Jonas attended Townsend Harris High School which was a public institution designed for intellectually gifted students. There he received his dose of scholar discipline since schools motto was “study, study, study”. Jonas Salk soon risen from the flock trough his out