Awards & Winners

Maurice Hilleman

Date of Birth 30-August-1919
Place of Birth Miles City
(Custer County, Montana)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Microbiologist
Maurice Ralph Hilleman was an American microbiologist who specialized in vaccinology and developed over 36 vaccines, more than any other scientist. Of the 14 vaccines routinely recommended in current vaccine schedules, he developed eight: those for measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia and Haemophilus influenzae bacteria. He also played a role in the discovery of the cold-producing adenoviruses, the hepatitis viruses, and the cancer-causing virus SV40. He is credited with saving more lives than any other medical scientist of the 20th century. Robert Gallo described him as "the most successful vaccinologist in history".

Awards by Maurice Hilleman

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National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences
(For his brilliant discoveries in basic research and ingenious inventiveness in creating vaccines that are the foundation for control of infectious diseases through immunologic intervention, preventing death and disability in millions of persons worldwide.)


Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service
(For discovering the causes of certain viral diseases and for pioneering breakthroughs in vaccine development, especially hepatitis B vaccine development throughout the world.)