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Thomas H. Weller

Thomas H. WellerAKA Thomas Huckle Weller

Born: 15-Jun-1915
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, MI
Died: 23-Aug-2008
Location of death: Needham, MA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Cultured the polio virus

Military service: US Army Medical Corps (1942-45, Maj.)

American virologist Thomas H. Weller was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize for Medicine, in tandem with John F. Enders and Frederick C. Robbins, for cultivation of the polio vaccine in their research lab at Children's Hospital in Boston. Weller was also involved in projects that successfully cultivated the rubella (German measles) virus, and isolated the viruses responsible for chicken pox and herpes.

Father: Carl Vernon Weller (pathologist, b. 1887, d. 1956)
Mother: Elsie Huckle
Wife: Kathleen Fahey Weller (m. 1945, two sons, two daughters)
Son: Peter Fahey Weller (physician)
Son: Robert Andrew Weller (oceanographer)
Daughter: Janet Louise Weller (attorney)
Daughter: Nancy Kathleen Weller

    High School: Ann Arbor, MI (1932)
    University: BA Medical Zoology, University of Michigan (1936)
    University: MS Medical Zoology, University of Michigan (1937)
    Medical School: MD, Harvard Medical School (1940)
    Teacher: Harvard Medical School (1949-54)
    Professor: Public Health, Harvard University (1954-81)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1954 (with John F. Enders and Frederick C. Robbins)

Author of books:
Growing Pathogens in Tissue Cultures: Fifty Years in Academic Tropical, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Virology (2004)

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