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Irving Millman

American Jewish Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Irving Millman: Inducted into
the National Inventors Hall
of Fame-1993

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Irving Millman was an American Jewish inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in 1993, for developing, with Baruch Blumberg, a vaccine against viral Hepatitis and process; process of viral diagnosis and reagent vaccine for Hepatitis B. The patent numbers are 3,636,191 and 3,872,225.

Baruch Blumberg discovered an antigen that detected the presence of Hepatitis B in blood samples. This disease is generally transmitted through blood transfusions. These blood tests screened out the carriers of this infectious disease. In 1971, many blood banks began using these tests to screen out the Hepatitis B virus. There was an immediate drop in infected blood that was transmitted.

He was born on May 23, 1923, in New York City. He received his early education in the New York City school system. Millman received a B.S. degree from the City College of New York, in 1948. He then went to the University of Kentucky where he received his M.S. degree, in 1951. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in 1954. When he graduated, he was appointed an assistant professor at Northwestern University.

Millman held positions with Armour & Company, the Public Health Research Institute of the City of New York, Inc. and the Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.

Millman was a member of the New York Academy Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology.

He was married to Sylvia, his deceased wife. They had two children. Irving Millman died on August 3, 1999, in Queens New York. He was buried at the Beth Moses Cemetery, in Farmingdale, Long Island.

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