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Jonas Salk Did Not Patent His Polio Vaccine

Jonas Salk, called the "Father of Biophilosophy," discovered and developed the vaccine for polio in 1952. Salk believed that public health should be considered a "moral commitment," which may have been a reason he did not register a patent for his polio vaccine. Instead, he insisted the patent for his world-changing medical development belonged to the people. When news of his vaccine's success was made public on April 12, 1955, Salk was considered a "miracle worker" for the huge medical impact he made on people of the time and those who would benefit in the future.

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