Dr Hilary Koprowski, a Polish researcher who developed the first successful oral vaccination for polio died on 11 April 2013 in Philadelphia. He was 96 years of age.
About Dr Hilary Koprowski
• Dr Hilary Koprowski was born on 5 December 1916.
• He was a Polish virologist and immunologist and was known for developing the first effective polio vaccine.
• Hilary Koprowski remained the President of Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories, Inc. as well as the Head of the Center for Neurovirology at Thomas Jefferson University.
• In 2006, he was conferred with the record 50th grant from the National Institutes of Health.
• He remained the author or co-author of more than 875 scientific papers.
• He also served as the consultant to the World Health Organization and also Pan American Health Organization.
• He received Philadelphia Cancer Research Award and the John Scott Award in Philadelphia.
• In May 1990, he received the Philadelphia Award, which is the most prestigious honour of Philadelphia.
• In 1959, he was conferred with the Alvarenga Prize by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
• In 1995, Hilary Koprowski was given the title of Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland by the President of Finland.
• In 1997, he won the Legion d'Honneur from the French government.
• In 1998, he won the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland.
• In 2007, he was conferred with the Albert Sabin Gold Medal by the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Baltimore.