Harry Merwyn Weaver
|Born||March 20, 1909|
|Died||September 12, 1977 (age 68)|
San Clemente, California
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
|Known for||Research into polio immunization|
|Institutions||National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis|
Harry M. Weaver (March 20, 1909 – September 12, 1977) was a neuroscientist and researcher who made contributions to medical research in the fields of Multiple sclerosis, and was the Director of Research at the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis when the Polio vaccine was discovered and developed by Jonas Salk. Dr. Weaver also served as the Vice President for Research at the American Cancer Society, Vice President for Research and Development at the Schering Corporation, and as the Director of Research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Career, 1946 to 1977
- Director of Research, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1946 to 1953
- Vice President for Research, American Cancer Society, 1954 to 1961
- Vice President for Research, Schering Corporation, 1955 to 1966
- Director of Research, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1966 to 1977
Contributions to Polio Vaccine
The polio vaccine was discovered and developed by Jonas Salk between 1952 and 1955. Weaver, acting as the Director of Research at the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, now known as the March of Dimes,from 1946 to 1953, supported Salk's work with a sense of urgency for the development of the Polio vaccine. Weaver's urgency for developing a vaccine as quickly as possible was somewhat counter to the development of the Oral polio vaccine by Albert Sabin between 1954 and 1961. However, his support of Salk's vaccine was considered to be paramount to the early end of the polio epidemic
Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award
After many years of dedication to research of MS treatment and strong support for recruiting young investigators, Dr. Weaver's accomplishments were honored by the NMSS through the awarding of the Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award. This award is offered to researchers who have completed their MS training and are beginning their work in MS research. The award include salary and research funding for a period of five years and is commonly given through universities.
Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation: Award Jury Member
- California, Death Index, 1940-1997
- "Obituary: Dr. Harry M. Weaver, 68, Aide of Sclerosis Group". The New York Times. September 14, 1977. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
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