Dr. Maurice Hilleman
Dr. Maurice Hilleman was perhaps the single most influential public health figure of the 20th century when you consider the millions of lives saved, and the countless people who were spared suffering because of his work.
M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health
"If I had to name a person who has done more for the benefit of human health, with less recognition than anyone else, it would be Maurice Hilleman. Maurice should be recognized as the most successful vaccinologist in history."
Dr. Robert Gallo
American biomedical researcher
Co-discoverer of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
The contribution of Dr. Hilleman, in the field of vaccine research, is immense. He is credited with saving millions of lives through the development of more than 30 vaccines. His career that exceeded four decades (nearly 30 years were spent at Merck), was dedicated towards developing lifesaving vaccines. A remarkable success in vaccines research and development was seen in the second half of the twentieth century with Dr. Maurice Hilleman developing Vaccines for:
Hepatitis A & B
Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib)
Dr. Hilleman retired as the Senior Vice President of Merck Research Labs in 1984. In 1988, he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States, by President Ronald Reagan. Other honors included a special lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization, the Sabin Gold Medal, and the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Prior to his death in 2005, he served as the Adjunct Professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, and as an Adviser to the World Health Organization.
Carrying forward this commitment, at Hilleman Laboratories, the mission is to ensure that vaccines, even for the most fatal diseases, are within the reach of everyone all across the globe.