What is civilization without science? What is medicine without science? Science is a major reason why we all are having the great life that we now have. Science has been consistent with the development of the world, and the mission of understanding life, life forms and existence. Although, we do not understand it all yet, we understand quite a handful.
Science is particularly responsible for saving many lives from perilous diseases and disastrous situations. The human race is forever indebted to science. This is an article that appraises the great works of notable scientists who have done things invented things that have saved thousands and even millions of lives. Here is a list we have gathered.
Edward Jenner – This British scientist is often referred to as the ‘Father of Immunology’. He was also a physician. He was the first person to find and invent ‘vaccine and vaccination’ in the 18th century.
His first vaccine was particularly against smallpox. Smallpox was a deadly disease that killed lots of people, especially children, up to millions. He did not just cure smallpox, but created a vaccine that could protect people from it, and make sure they never get it. He made the vaccine from cows, infecting people with cowpox, which is less harmful and very subtle. He did this because he noticed that the only set on people that did not suffer from smallpox were milkmaids. This invention is said to have saved more lives than any other in world.
Jonas Salk – Till date, polio is a very dangerous disease that kills children and adults all over the world. However, it is well reduced, compared to the 1950s when it just broke out. It killed everyone that got infected and there was nothing any physician could do about it. It was disastrous and saddening. However, a medical researcher was working hard the whole time to find a solution to the world’s Polio problem, and he found it. This man was Jonas Salk. He found the first ever treatment for polio. This American virologist campaigned that everyone takes the vaccination compulsorily. He had studied a dead polio virus and used it to develop a vaccine against it.
One amazing thing about Mr. Salk is his selfless nature. He never claimed to own the patent of the vaccine, despite the fact that he made it. The vaccine was improved on by another scientist after two years, and it continued to save lives.
Sir Ronald Ross – He was the first Nobel laureate from Britain, so he’s bound to be a great scientist. He discovered that mosquitoes are the carriers of malaria parasites. He found the parasites in the mosquito’s intestines and later found out that they got them from stagnant water bodies. He discovered that the anopheles species grow on these stagnant waters.
This knowledge gave medical practitioners the chance to focus their research and the ability to generate treatments. It also educated the populace on how to prevent malaria with basic precautions.
Many other scientists are doing great things, and we can’t but be grateful for them.