Obituary: Maurice R. Hilleman (1919–2005)

  title={Obituary: Maurice R. Hilleman (1919–2005)},
  author={Reinhard Kurth},
  • R. Kurth
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Medicine
  • Nature
NATURE | VOL 434 | 28 APRIL 2005 | 1083 During the twentieth century, life expectancy in industrialized countries almost doubled. Improvements in nutrition and sanitation certainly played a major role, but the central factor responsible was the development of childhood vaccines. A particular name can be attached to this achievement — that of Maurice R. Hilleman. Hilleman ranks with the most brilliant and productive creators of vaccines of all time, with a stature…