Weller, Thomas Huckle


Dr. Thomas H. Weller, MD, was an American virologist and paediatrician who was jointly awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Dr. John F. Enders and Dr. Frederick C. Robbins for discovering a method to culture poliovirus in various tissues. The method transformed the field of virology and led to the discovery of many vaccines.

Keywords: Enders; Neva; Nobel Prize; parasitology; poliomyelitis; Robbins; rubella; tissue culture; tropical medicine; virology

Further Reading

Craig JM, Macauley JC, Weller TH and Wirth P (1957) Isolation of intranuclear inclusion producing agents from infants with illnesses resembling cytomegalic inclusion disease. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine 94 (1): 4–12.

Enders JF, Weller TH and Robbins FC (1949) Cultivation of the Lansing strain of poliomyelitis virus in cultures of various human embryonic tissues. Science 109 (January) 85–87.

McIntosh K (2011) Thomas H. Weller, 1915–2008. Biographical Memoirs, p7. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences.

Weller TH (1980) Contemporary plagues and social progress. Pediatrics 66 September: 458–461.

Weller TH (2004) Growing Pathogens in Tissue Cultures: Fifty Years in Academic Tropical Medicine, Pediatrics, and Virology. Boston Medical Library: Boston, MA.

Weller TH, Enders JF, Robbins FC and Stoddard MB (1952) Studies on the cultivation of poliomyelitis viruses in tissue culture: I. The propagation of poliomyelitis viruses in suspended cell cultures of various human tissues. The Journal of Immunology 69 (6): 645–671.

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Mawdsley, Stephen E(Feb 2015) Weller, Thomas Huckle. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002948]