Edward Jenner Biography - Discovered Smallpox Vaccine

Index to Biographies that chronicle the life and achievements of Dr. Edward Jenner and several other leading scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Dr. Jenner provided the means for lowering the risk of traveling and prevented the spread of smallpox on a large scale.

Edward Jenner (1749-1823) Introduction and Biography
Dr. Edward Jenner was an English country doctor who pioneered vaccination. Jenner's discovery in 1796 that inoculation with cowpox gave immunity to smallpox, was an immense medical breakthrough and has saved countless lives.

Edward Jenner (1749-1823) by John Timbs, F.S.A.
Few of the many thousand ills which human flesh is heir to, have spread such devastation among the family of man as small-pox. Its universality has ranged from the untold tribes of savages to the silken baron of civilization; and its ravages on life and beauty have been shown in many a sad tale of domesticates suffering. To stay the destroying hand of such a scourge, which by some has been identified with the Plague of Athens, was reserved for Dr. Edward Jenner, the discoverer of vaccination.

Edward Jenner - 1897 - Science at the Beginning of the Century
All advances in science have a bearing, near or remote, on the welfare of our race; but it remains to credit to the closing decade of the eighteenth century a discovery which, in its power of direct and immediate benefit to humanity, surpasses any other discovery of this or any previous epoch. Needless to say I refer to Dr. Jenner's discovery of the method of preventing small-pox by inoculation with the virus of cow-pox. It detracts nothing from the merit of this discovery to say that the preventive power of accidental inoculation had long been rumored among the peasantry of England.

Biographies of Top Scientists and Their Discoveries (1800s)
Biographies on the important scientists of the 1800s and their most important discoveries. Written by Henry Smith Williams, M.D. this article is a good introduction for students interested in Science and History. By Henry Smith Williams, M.D.

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