Mikhail Chumakov, Russian microbiologist

Mikhail Chumakov, Russian microbiologist

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Caption: Mikhail Chumakov (1909-1993), Russian microbiologist and virologist. Mikhail Petrovich Chumakov was an associate Member of the Academy of Medical Sciences and director of the Poliomyelitis Institute. In 1948 Chumakov was awarded the Stalin Prize of First Degree in Science and Technology for his work that helped isolated the virus that causes tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). He organised multiple medical expeditions across the Soviet Union to investigate outbreaks of new viruses. In 1958-1959 he developed the first polio vaccine and organised its mass production. Photographed in Moscow, Russia, in December 1959.

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