“Intuition tells the thinking mind where to look next.” Quite a statement, considering the tyrranical hold that analytics has on our current decision-making processes, no?The man who made that statement was Dr, Jonas Salk (1914-1994), whose development of the polio vaccine in the years leading up to 1955 changed the world in a way that very few people have. Yet most people, when asked who Salk was, can’t answer.
So, OK, who was Jonas Salk?
Today – Oct 28, 2022 – is the 108th anniversary of Salk’s birth. Born in New York in 1914, he received his M.D. from NYU School of Medicine in 1939 and went into research. In today’s world that is governed by – or shall we say, dictated by – analytics, we would do well to take a closer look at him and at how he recognized and met challenges while forging a kinship with humanity that resulted in one of humanity’s greatest gifts.
In 1947, after eight years of leading-edge research in virology and immunology, Salk became associate professor of bacteriology and head of the Virus Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he undertook the challenge of doing research on polio, an acute viral infectious disease of the nervous system. In other wo …