Which scientists saved the most lives?

Why Evolution Is True

Scientists are the unrecognized benefactors of humanity. How many laypeople will recognize the name of Fritz Haber or Karl Bosch? Togetether they’re estimated to have saved over a billion lives. What about Norman Borlaug? He saved over 259 million lives. Ann Holloway, Samuel Katz, Kevin McCarthy, Milan Milovanovic, Anna Mitus, and Thomas Peebles? Together—over 100 million lives. Andreas Gruetzig? 15,400,000 lives. These people invented synthetic fertilizers, new breeds of wheat, measles vaccines, angioplasty, and so on.

The average person might recognize the name of Edward Jenner, who popularized (but perhaps didn’t invent) smallpox vaccination, thereby saving an estimated 530,000,000 lives; and they’d probably recognize Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, whose polio vaccines saved the lives of over a million people, but I bet you could stop a college student, give them those three names, and none would be recognized.

You can see their stories, and read about (or question) the numbers…

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  1. STEPHEN EXTON

    I wonder how many lives have been lost due to Alternative Medicine and Pseudoscience? I’m hopeful that eventually Anti-Skepticism and belief in Quackery will significantly reduce, as science progresses towards further cures and improvements to health and functionality. The gap will widen in ‘quality of life’ and longevity, between stuff that works and nonsense, which should be realized by more people. Fingers crossed.

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