Edward Anthony Jenner – ‘Father of Immunology’

Posted on 06. Apr, 2012 by in Health, History, Tourism

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Paul ‘scruffy’ Martin finds out about Edward Anthony Jenner (17th May 1749 – 26th January 1823) who was an English scientist who studied his natural surroundings in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Jenner is widely credited as the pioneer of smallpox vaccine, and is sometimes referred to as the “Father of Immunology”; his works have been said to have “saved more lives than the work of any other man”. The great strides in the sciences during Jenner’s time were spurred on by the discussion and publication that took place in learned societies at national and local level. Edward Jenner took part in two local medical discussion groups. One met at the Fleece Inn at Rodborough (Stroud) from 1770; the other used the Ship Inn at Alveston from 1780.

See also Berkeley Primary School children’s film at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/edward-jenners-variolation-by-berkeley-primary-school/

See details of the museum in Berkeley: http://www.jennermuseum.com/

“The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases.”; “I shall endeavour still further to prosecute this inquiry, an inquiry I trust not merely speculative, but of sufficient moment to inspire the pleasing hope of its becoming essentially beneficial to mankind.”; “I hope that some day the practice of producing cowpox in human beings will spread over the world – when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox.” Edward Jenner

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