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ORGANIZATION

Founded 1948 as an agency of the United Nations.

Official Website:
http://www.who.int/

Location:
Geneva, Switzerland

Founding Date:
7-Apr-1948

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
David W. K. Acheson
Government
?   Food Safety Czar
Edgar Adrian
Scientist
30-Nov-1889 4-Aug-1977 Electricity within nerve cells
Kofi Annan
Government
8-Apr-1938   Secretary General of the UN, 1997-2006
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
Scientist
30-Jul-1947   Co-Discoverer of HIV
Medea Benjamin
Activist
10-Sep-1952   CODEPINK, Global Exchange cofounder
Sune K. Bergström
Scientist
10-Jan-1916 15-Aug-2004 Prostaglandins
Sissela Bok
Scholar
2-Dec-1934   Ethicist
Frank Macfarlane Burnet
Scientist
3-Sep-1899 31-Aug-1985 Acquired immunological tolerance
Robert N. Butler
Doctor
21-Jan-1927 4-Jul-2010 Expert on aging
John Cavanagh
Economist
?   Institute for Policy Studies
Margaret F. C. Chan
Doctor
1947   WHO Director-General
Brock Chisholm
Doctor
18-May-1896 4-Feb-1971 First Director-General of World Health Organization
Lester Crawford
Government
13-Mar-1938   FDA Commissioner, 2005
Gertrude B. Elion
Scientist
23-Jan-1918 21-Feb-1999 Developed medicines for leukemia, herpes, AIDS
Corneille Heymans
Scientist
28-Mar-1892 18-Jul-1968 Aortic and carotid chemoreceptors
Niels K. Jerne
Scientist
23-Dec-1911 7-Oct-1994 Immune theory (anti-antibody)
Lee Jong-Wook
Administrator
12-Apr-1945 22-May-2006 Director-General of WHO, 2003-06
Jim Yong Kim
Educator
8-Dec-1959   President of Dartmouth College
Joshua Lederberg
Biologist
23-May-1925 2-Feb-2008 Genetic properties of bacteria
Joseph Rotblat
Physicist
4-Nov-1908 31-Aug-2005 Nuclear physicist, anti-nuke activist
Albert Sabin
Biologist
26-Aug-1906 3-Mar-1993 Developed oral polio vaccine
Wendell M. Stanley
Chemist
16-Aug-1904 15-Jun-1971 First to crystallize a virus
William R. Steiger
Government
c. 1969   HHS Office of Global Health Affairs
Harold E. Varmus
Scientist
18-Dec-1939   Genetic causes of cancer
Jeffrey Wigand
Scientist
17-Dec-1942   Tobacco industry whistleblower


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