Ten fun facts about Pearl Kendrick


Fact 1
When Kendrick was only three years old, she contracted 'whooping cough'; that was the reason why she invented a vaccine for it years later.

Fact 2
Her research for a vaccine for whooping cough occurred during the Great Depression, so funding for research was little to nothing.

Fact 3
The first lady Eleanor Roosevelt initially suggested using orphan children for experimental research with the vaccines.


Fact 4
She retired twice; once from the Michigan Department of Public Health and then from the University of Michigan's Department of Epidemiology.

Fact 5
When the trial of more than 5,800 children was completed, the ones who received the vaccine had a noticeably stronger immune system.

Fact 6
Michigan also adapted a 35 day quarantine period, since her results proved that children were no longer infectious after 5 weeks.

Fact 7
Kendrick and her partner Elderling also founded the DPT shot, still used today, which fights diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus.

Fact 8
She served a term as president of the Michigan branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Fact 9
Her Doctor of Science degree was earned from Johns Hopkins University in 1942.

Fact 10
She was also inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, along with her colleague and research partner Grace Elderling.


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