Famous Polish Scientists

Janusz Zeyland

(1896 – 1944) physician and researcher in pathology and bacteriology, a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and epidemiology. His research conducted in Paris on the efficacy and safety of the newest methods in anti-tubercular prophylactics through the development and application of TB vaccine, also called BCG vaccine, helped save hundreds in France and in Poland. In Paris, Professor Zeyland was the recipient of the Pennetier Prize for his pioneering work on introducing the TB vaccine in pediatric patients. In Poland he is credited with opening the Central Tuberculosis Laboratory and the first-in-Poland children’s clinical ward for TB patients. He was killed by the Nazis at a Warsaw hospital during the Warsaw Uprising.