May 17: Edward Jenner

On this date in 1749, Edward Jenner, “the father of immunology,” was born. Jenner’s pioneering work in developing the smallpox vaccine is claimed to have “saved more lives than the work of any other human.”

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On Vaccination Against Smallpox

On Vaccination Against Smallpox is Edward Jenner’s publication of his research into creating the smallpox vaccine. From the Lit2Go website. Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes. Reading level: 12.0. Word count: 30,362.

Edward Jenner Portrait

Portrait of Edward Jenner from the ClipArt ETC website.

Jenner the Zoologist

Jenner was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1788, following his publication of a careful study of the previously misunderstood life of the nested cuckoo, a study that combined observation, experiment, and dissection. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.