Wednesday, May 14, 2008

1796 Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination

Edward Jenner, FRS, (May 17, 1749 – January 26, 1823) was an English scientist who studied his natural surroundings in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. He is famous as the first doctor to introduce and study the smallpox vaccine, although Benjamin Jesty, a farmer, earlier reputedly had vaccinated with cowpox to induce immunity to smallpox. It is believed that Jenner discovered this form of vaccination independently.

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