Leone N. Farrell Biochemistry

Pioneered a key laboratory technique that led to the creation of the Salk polio vaccine.

The Story

Though she worked in relative obscurity and ended up in an unmarked grave in the Park Lawn cemetery in Toronto, Farrell played a key role in the eradication of polio. She did not discover the vaccine, but she figured out a way to stimulate the growth of microorganisms in the lab, and this technique was eventually used to mass produce the Salk polio vaccine. More at Operation Dialogue.

The Person

Birthdate
April 13, 1904
Birthplace
Monkland, Ontario
Date of Death
September 24, 1986
Residence
Toronto
Title
Biochemist
Office
Connaught Labs
Status
Deceased
Degrees
  • PhD University of Toronto
Last Updated
September 17, 2007
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