Dame Jean Macnamara: Biography, all you need to know about about pioneering polio doctor

Dame Jean Macnamara was born in Victoria, Australia, on April 1, 1899.

She was a tireless polio researcher.

Born in Victoria, Australia, Annie Jean Macnamara graduated medical school at the age of 23 and joined Royal Children’s Hospital a year later.

Her arrival was just before the hospital faced a polio outbreak.

Macnamara dedicated important work in helping to find a vaccine for polio, after she witnessed firsthand the effect of the poliovirus on children.

She helped to discover that there was more than one strain of the virus and her contributions led to a direct impact on the development of the polio vaccine in 1955.

This earned her the award of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 2018, when she was honored in Melbourne, her daughter, Merran Samuel said, “Dame Jean was a humble and shy person, who was driven by a sense of duty and service. Educated on a scholarship, she was one of the first two women residents at the Royal Children’s Hospital.”

According to Google, Macnamara “applied her tireless work ethic to better understand and treat various forms of paralysis including polio.”

She was a teenager during the First World War, which urged her to want “to be of some use in the world.”

Macnamara was married to a dermatologist Joseph Ivan Connor and had two children with him.

She was interested in a way to eradicate rabbits in Australia and also helped the disabled and invented medical devices.

She died in 1968, aged 69 in her South Yarra home.

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