Isabel Morgan

1911-1996 (84 years old)

United States

Year of great discovery/work

A key member of the Johns Hopkins research team (with Bodian and Howard Howe) that made advancements in the understanding, isolation and growth of polio viruses. That team developed an inactivated polio vaccine that protected monkeys from paralytic polio. Their vaccine was grown in animal nervous tissue and inactivated with formaldehyde, providing a framework for Salk’s killed-virus polio vaccine.

Did you know?
Isabel Morgan was the daughter of famous geneticists Thomas Hunt Morgan and Lilian Vaughan Morgan. Her parents’ discoveries served as the basis for modern genetics.