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Happy Birthday To Google Doodle Honoree Dr. Jonas Salk!

Dr. Jonas Salk stands in the University of Pittsburgh laboratory in which he developed a vaccine for polio. The photo was taken in 1956. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Dr. Jonas Salk stands in the University of Pittsburgh laboratory in which he developed a vaccine for polio. The photo was taken in 1956.

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Jonas Salk was born on October 28, 1914 in New York City. Google is celebrating the birth of the man who developed a polio vaccine with a special Google doodle.

During the fervor of the current Ebola outbreak, it seems like a good moment to tip our hats to one of the heroes of an earlier epidemic. Salk developed a vaccine for polio in 1953. At a time polio was sweeping across the United States crippling children and terrifying parents.

NPR's series "Chasing Down Polio" looked at the work of Salk and others in the early days of the fight against polio and also covered the current challenges in trying to wipe out the disease entirely.

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