At this time when the world is battling the Corona epidemic, Google has remembered one of the world’s vaccines inventors. Google has remembered Polish scientist Rudolf Weigl today i.e. on September 2 through Google Doodle. Weagle worked on the epidemic typhus vaccine for a long time and gave the world an effective vaccine to get rid of it. Apart from this, he is also known for saving many Jews from Nazi atrocities. Even after being nominated twice, he could not get the award.
Adopted Polish culture despite speaking German
Weagle was born on 2 September 1883 in Pererov, Moravia, which was then part of the Austro-Ingrian Empire. His parents were Austrian-Germans. His father died in a bicycle accident as a child, after which his mother, Elisabeth Kroysen, married a Polish teacher. Weigl Jaslow grew up in Poland. The German-speaking Weigel’s then adopted the Polish language and culture.
Research started from the first world war
Weigl later moved to Lviv where he graduated in biology in 1907. After that, he earned a doctorate degree in Zoology. It was during World War I that Weagle began to study typhus and worked in a military hospital where he supervised the lab. He also did his research work in this lab.
Weagle had invented the typhus vaccine in 1918 from his experiments during this time. When in 1909 it was discovered that the typhus epidemic spreads due to Lys. Weagle proceeded on the same. He first discovered the bacteria that causes stomach infections. After this, he started trying the vaccine on animals and human volunteers.
After discovering the vaccine, Weagle worked on it continuously for about 15 years and continued to refine it as well as make it more effective. In 1933 he conducted a large-scale trial. His experiments were successful. During this, he also infected himself with this disease and also recovered from it.
Slowly spreading vaccine
Within a few years, the Weagle vaccine began to be used worldwide. It was first used in China in 1943 and then in Africa. The production of this vaccine was considered dangerous. Later, less dangerous vaccines for typhus were also developed over time, but by then the Weagle vaccine had saved thousands of lives.
Weigl was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. When he was nominated for the typhus vaccine in 1942, the Germans withheld his nomination and stopped his application. Similarly, in 1946, his application to be nominated for the Nobel Prize was stopped, when he was considered a major contender, but his application was stopped by the Polish government. In 1948, the Communists stopped him from receiving the Nobel Prize. After this, he was never given the Nobel Prize.