Sabin administering Vaccine

Dr. Albert B. Sabin (1906-1993) holds a preeminent position in the history of twentieth century medicine. Throughout the world his is one of the most recognizable and revered names in the medical sciences.


Distinguished service professor of research pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and fellow of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation, Sabin developed the world’s first oral live-virus vaccine to be used in the battle against poliomyelitis.


He successfully first tested the vaccine on humans in 1954 and by the early 1960s, the continued achievements of his studies and vaccine trials eventually led the medical, and public health, community in the United States to switch from using the inactivated vaccine to Sabin’s live attenuated one. Much more effective and economical to produce, and easier to administer, the “Sabin Vaccine” soon became the world’s weapon against polio and effectively eradicated the virus around the globe.