Gu Fangzhou, Chinese virologist credited with eradicating polio in China, Died at 92

Gu Fangzhou was born in 1926 and died on January 2, 2019.

He was a Chinese virologist, best known for developing domestic OPV oral polio vaccine and eradicating polio in the country.

He matriculated at Peking University for an MBBS degree in 1944.

Gu went to the Soviet Union to study virology from 1951 to 1955.

Gu was engaged in poliovirus from 1957.

He conducted the trials and production of the polio vaccine, especially “sugar cube”.

Gu succeeded in developing first domestic inactivated polio vaccine in 1960, and trivalent oral polio vaccine later.

Gu served as president of Peking Union Medical College from 1984 to 1993.

Gu was also the first president of the Chinese Society for Immunology.

He passed away at 92 years old.