Sam Katz

1927 – 2022

United States

Year of great discovery/work

Katz is a virologist and pediatrician who dedicated more than 50 years to researching infectious diseases and working on vaccine development. After working on a team, led by John Enders, that developed the first live, weakened measles vaccine, Katz aided in delivering the vaccine to Nigeria and other developing countries. In this effort he worked on international outreach with organizations such as the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the Red Cross and others. Later in his career, Katz’s focus turned toward pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment research.

Did you know?
Katz played the drums in local dance bands during high school and college.