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Who Have Made Lifesaving Discoveries And Encouraging
Students and Politicians to Read 1000 Science Stories!

Unheralded
The First Popularly Written Presentation
To the American Public of 
Six of the Ten Scientists

Contemporary and Historical
Five of the Scientists are Alive,
Walking Quietly Among Us,
Ranging in Age from 66 to 94

6 Nobel Prize Winners

Geographically Diverse
5 Americans
1 Japanese
1 Swiss
1 Australian
1 Canadian
1 Austrian


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Scientists Greater than Einstein began by asking a specific question - Who has saved the most lives in history? As we chronicled landmark discoveries in human health, an exact list proved impossible. But the stories that were verifiable were astounding, and the scientists' revolutionary effects on civilization were comparable to those of Einstein.




Scientists Greater than Einstein is a celebration of ten scientists, five who are still alive and walking among us. Most are unheralded. This is the first popular account presented to the American public of six of these scientists.

And what a rollicking read it is. First and foremost, the stories are personal. You will come to know each scientist, walking on air when they conquer death and lamenting their frustration as they fight to get the medical community to recognize the potential of their discoveries. Truly international in scope, Scientists Greater than Einstein will take you on adventures all over the world, from America to Bangladesh, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, and England. It ranges from sterile laboratories to jungle tents acting as hospitals; from remote missionary field stations to makeshift clinics in rural villages. This is science in the real world, in the midst of civil wars and epidemics, involving clandestine nocturnal meetings and corporate politics.

Scientists Greater than Einstein does not shy away from the science. It takes you into the scientists' laboratories, but further, into their minds. Follow the greatest scientists of the twentieth century step by step, from insight to hypothesis, from experiment to fact, from skeptical administrators to public success - and most importantly from death into life.

From the depths of human suffering to the exhilarating moments of insight, Scientists Greater than Einstein is the first book to celebrate those who saved the most lives in history.



Heroes Featured in Scientists Greater than Einstein


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Alfred Sommer

Discovered vitamin A tablets saved lives

Sommer's vitamin A treatment saves lives for less than five cents per year.

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David Nalin

Developed Oral Rehydration Therapy

Nalin's key insight led to a "solution" that has saved millions.

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Paul Muller

Muller created DDT

Muller's DDT rid the American South of malaria.

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Karl Landsteiner

Discovered blood groups

Landsteiner's discovery led to the first safe blood transfusions.

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Bill Foege

Foege's strategy eradicated smallpox

Foege's "surveillance and containment" strategy led to the eradication of smallpox.

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Howard Florey

Developer of penicillin

Florey's team created the very first antibiotic-penicillin.

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Akira Endo

Developed the statin drugs

Endo's statin drugs are used by millions to lower cholesterol.

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John Enders

Developed the polio vaccine

Enders revolutionized virology, even though he began his work in this area after the age of fifty.

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Norman Borlaug

Father of the Green Revolution

Borlaug's disease-resistant wheat feeds millions.

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Frederick Banting

The discoverer of insulin

Frederick Banting discovered lifesaving insulin.

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These remarkable stories of human achievement on a truly grand scale are told with great sensitivity, yet fine precision. These are the gritty details behind some of the greatest medical advances in human history. Woodward's story goes deep, showing us the personal lives of the players involved and where they were when the eureka moment came, then follows each researcher's idea through to its full objective impact. The hard core measure of human lives saved is the final irrevocable statement of what can be accomplished in a human being's lifetime.
-Jeff Wicker, MD

This engaging book is a fascinating read chronicling the genesis of scientific curiosity, the travails and myriad failures, and, ultimately, the triumphs of those researchers responsible for promoting the advancement and survival of mankind. It should promote bountiful discussion and would be an excellent library addition for students of science of all ages who seek to understand the price and impact of scientific progress.

-Susan R. Campbell, Ph.D. Chair, Chemistry Department, Georgetown College