Jonas Edward Salk (1914 – 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Before that, polio was seen as one of the most frightening public health problems globally. Working from Pittsburgh, Salk set up field trials involving 20,000 doctors and health officers, 64,000 school personnel, and 220,000 volunteers." Over 1,800,000 school children took part. He campaigned strongly for mandatory vaccination. When asked who owned the patent to it, he said, "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" In 1960, he founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. His leadership exemplifies hard work and an inspiring, strong focus on the greater need rather than himself.
The most important question we must ask ourselves is, 'Are we being good ancestors?'