Bela Schick

Birthday July 16, 1877
Birthplace Austria
Death Date Dec 6, 1967 (age 90)
Birth Sign Cancer

About

Founder of the American Academy of Pediatrics who also invented a quick and reliable test for diphtheria. Before he invented his test nearly 10,000 children died of the disease a year.

Before Fame

He became a professor at Columbia University in 1936 after directing the Pediatric Department of Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

Trivia

His test allowed children at risk for diphtheria to get vaccinated, which saved their lives.

Family Life

He married Catherine Fries Schick in 1925.

Associated With

Like Jonas Salk, he created a vaccine that saved many lives.



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