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Fred L. Soper (1893-1977) was an American epidemiologist and public health administrator who won a Lasker Award in 1946 for organizing successful campaigns to eradicate yellow fever and malaria between 1927 and 1945. He also made key contributions to the control of typhus fever during World War II, and served as director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, (executive agency of the Pan American Health Organization) from 1947 to 1959. Throughout his career, he set new standards for disease control worldwide. The National Library of Medicine is the repository for the Fred L. Soper Papers, which range from 1919 to 1975. The collection contains awards, diaries, correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, reprints and printed matter, photographs, and reports.
As part of its Profiles in Science project, the National Library of Medicine is digitizing and making available over the World Wide Web a selection of the Fred L. Soper Papers, for use by educators and researchers. This Web site provides access to the portions of the Fred L. Soper Papers that are now publicly available. Individuals interested in conducting research in the Fred L. Soper Papers are invited to contact the National Library of Medicine.
This online Exhibit is designed to introduce you to the various phases of Soper's scientific career and professional life. It is divided into sections that focus on Soper's life and major scientific contributions to public health. We suggest that new visitors begin with this exhibit, which includes a small selection of documents and visuals, organized within these sections. Each section begins with a "Background Narrative," which leads to "Documents" and "Visuals."
Visitors may access additional materials through Search on the navigation bar. They may also view the materials alphabetically or chronologically by choosing Browse on the navigation bar. Documents and visuals in these lists are arranged by format and then either alphabetically by title or chronologically.