John Franklin Enders

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Date of Birth February 10, 1897
Place of Birth Connecticut
Date of Death Sep 8, 1985 (88)
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John Franklin Enders

John Franklin Enders was an American biomedical scientist and Nobel Laureate. Enders has been called "The Father of Modern Vaccines."

Born: February 10, 1897, West Hartford, Connecticut
Died: September 8, 1985, Waterford, Connecticut
Nationality: American
Education: St. Paul's School
Alma mater: Yale University, Harvard University
Known for: culturing poliovirus, isolating measlesvirus, developing measles vaccine
Notable awards: Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (1954), Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1954), Cameron Prize for Therapeutics of the University of Edinburgh (1960)

About John Franklin Enders

Biomedical scientist who found the cure to the measles and was known as the 'The Father of Modern Vaccines.' He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954 for helping to discover viruses that grow on different tissues.

Before Fame

He attended Yale University and served in the army.


He found the cure for the measles by doing trials on 1,500 mentally retarded children in New York City.

Family Life

His father was CEO of the Hartford National Bank.


He helped develop the polio vaccine along with Jonas Salk.

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