Merck recently awarded a $500,000 grant to the Smithsonian’s National
Museum of American History to use for developing an exhibition and
programming on the history of American medicine in recognition of the work
of Dr. Maurice Hilleman and to mark the 2019 centennial of his birth Aug.
30. Dr. Hilleman was responsible for the development of more than half of
the childhood vaccines routinely recommended by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. He developed many of these vaccines while employed
as a scientist at Merck where he served as head of the Department of Virus
and Cell Biology from 1956 to 1984.
Hilleman was a giant in the development of childhood vaccines. I doubt he
would fit in with the current corporate culture in the pharmaceutical
Tony Cundell, Ph. D.
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