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


“There's a curious paradox at the heart of public health: When it works, nothing happens. Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, 'Boy, it's great that I don't have cholera, or Isn't it wonderful that my children aren't crippled by polio?' ... We dream one day of ridding the world of blinding trachoma, death during childbirth, autism and AIDS. We know that when we realize those dreams, we shall perpetuate the paradox that lies at the heart of public health. ... [It is] a remarkable achievement ... when nothing happens.”
- Al Sommer, Discovered that Vitamin A deficiency is a huge childhood killer

“I did not start the research to make money or become a big man. Since I was born as a human in this world, I wanted to leave my mark before I die. I want to die after I do at least one thing useful for the world. I could start the research because I had such a thought….Therefore, we cannot measure the contribution, which statin did for the precious lives. Maybe we should not simply convert ‘to be useful for the world’ into money. It is something we cannot convert.”
- Akira Endo

“I am confident that the Earth can provide food for as many as ten billion people – six times the number who lived when I was born – if, and this is a big if, the world’s societies support a steady stream of both conventional and biotechnology research and political policymakers stay attuned to the needs of rural development.”
- Norman Borlaug, Father of the Green Revolution

“The philosophy behind science is to discover truth. The philosophy behind medicine is to use that truth for the benefit of your patient. The philosophy behind public health is social justice. That’s the important point. Public health programs are attempts at social justice.”   
- Bill Foege, whose discovery helped eradicate smallpox

“Nowadays, it is said that money is important. However, we can find the pleasure of life and the value, when we do something for the world with a sense of mission. What I have done was rather for the world than a Japanese company or Japan. It was needed all over the world, so I challenged for it. Especially now, it is called the time of globalization, and borders are not clear. Humans made borders originally, so they exist, but they seem not to exist. I want to tell young people the message that the philosophy and sense of value of doing something for the world are more important than making money. That is the work left for me from now on.”   
- Akira Endo, discoverer of statins

“Almost certainly, the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world. Yet today 50 percent of the world’s population goes hungry. Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless . . . If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread, otherwise there will be no peace.”
- Norman Borlaug, Father of the Green Revolution