Stanley Plotkin

1932 –

United States

Year of great discovery/work

Plotkin is credited with developing the rubella vaccine used in the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine today. During the course of his career, he also helped develop the rotavirus vaccine known as Rotateq® as well as a rabies vaccine. He also collaborated on vaccines and did research on anthrax for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Later in his career, he became involved in international vaccine efforts.

Did you know?
Dr. Plotkin always wanted to learn to be a pilot. He finally decided to learn when he was 74 years old.