"Dr. Maurice Hilleman was perhaps the single most influential public heath figure of the 20th century when you consider the millions of lives saved, and the countless people who were spared suffering because of his work."
M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health
"If I had to name a person who has done more for the benefit of human health, with less recognition than anyone else, it would be Maurice Hilleman. Maurice should be recognized as the most successful vaccinologist in history."
Dr. Robert Gallo
American biomedical researcher
Co-discoverer of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Fields that have immensely benefitted by Dr. Hilleman’s discoveries:
The pioneering vaccine scientist Dr. Maurice Hilleman, Ph.D., who has been called the father of modern vaccinology, once said when reflecting on his career, "Well, looking back on one's lifetime, you say, 'Gee, what have I done -- have I done enough for the world to justify having been here?' That's a big worry -- to people from Montana, at least."
The contribution of Dr. Hilleman in the field of vaccine research is immense, he is is credited with saving millions of lives through the development of more than 30 vaccines. His career that exceeds four decades, (nearly 30 years were spent at Merck) has been dedicated towards developing life saving vaccines. Carrying forward this commitment, at Hilleman Laboratories the mission is to ensure that vaccines even for the most fatal diseases are within the reach of everyone all across the globe.
Dr. Hilleman retired as senior vice president of the Merck Research Labs in 1984. In 1988, he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor in the United States, by President Ronald Regan. Other honors include a special lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization, the Sabin Gold Medal, and the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Prior to his death in 2005, he served as adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine and as an adviser to the World Health Organization.