Awards & Winners

William Foege

Date of Birth 12-March-1936
Place of Birth Decorah
(Winneshiek County, Iowa, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America
William Herbert Foege M.D., M.P.H. is an American epidemiologist who is credited with "devising the global strategy that led to the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s". Foege also "played a central role" in efforts that greatly increased immunization rates in developing countries in the 1980s. His book, House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox was published in June 2011. His book speaks to the triumph of modern science, medicine, and public health over a disease responsible for killing, blinding, and scarring millions over centuries of human history.

Awards by William Foege

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Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service
(For his courageous leadership in improving worldwide public health, and his prominent role in the eradication of smallpox.)