Edward Jenner

English physician, scientist and pioneer of vaccination (1749–1823)

Edward Jenner, FRS (17 May 174926 January 1823) was an English physician and scientist who was the pioneer of smallpox vaccine, the world's first vaccine. He is often called "the father of immunology", and his work is said to have "saved more lives than the work of any other human".

I am not surprised that men and women are grateful ; but I wonder that they are grateful to God for the good which he has made me the instrument of conveying to my fellow creatures.


  • A sincere acquiescence in the dispensations of Providence will check discomposure of mind beyond any thing. It will produce a calm in the midst of a storm.
    • The Life of Edward Jenner M.D. Vol. 2 (1838) by John Baron, p. 447
  • The highest powers in our nature are our sense of moral excellence, the principle of reason and reflection, benevolence to our creatures and our love of the Divine Being.
    • The Life of Edward Jenner M.D. Vol. 2 (1838) by John Baron, p. 447

Quotes about Jenner

  • It should not forgotten, however, that it was his "Observations on the natural history of the Cuckoo" (1788) that had won him membership in the Royal Society 10 years before. His work on bird migration, although done at about the same time, was not published until after his death in 1823. Both of these papers were landmarks in ornithological history, for no one prior to Jenner had approached these problems, of brood parasitism and migration, in anywhere near so comprehensive a fashion or with such searching questions.
    • Lawrence Kilham in (October 1973)"Edward Jenner, Pioneer Student of Two Major Ornithological Problems". The Auk 90 (4): 752–758. DOI:10.2307/4084356.
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