John F. Burke
Dr. John F. Burke (July 22, 1922 – 2011) was an American medical researcher at Harvard University widely known for his co-invention of synthetic skin in 1981, together with Dr. Ioannis V. Yannas.      Burke was also widely noted for developing a system of infection control in hospitals and showing that antibiotics given before surgery lower risks of post-operative infections. Burke was head of the Shriners Burns Institute and chief of trauma services at Massachusetts General Hospital, a professor of surgery at Harvard University.
- New York Times:Dr. John F. Burke, Dies at 89; Created Synthetic Skin;By PAUL VITELLO;November 5, 2011
- The Telegraph;John Burke, who has died aged 89, was one of two American scientists who developed the artificial skin used by doctors to replace tissue destroyed by severe burns
- Los Angeles Times:The Unreal World: The Skin I Live In In the film, a disturbed doctor develops a burn-proof skin using pig genes
- New York Times:Artificial Skin Being Tested for Victims of Burns; Animal-Tissue Project Held Promising, but Additional Research Is Needed;January 5, 1976
- New York Times:ARTIFICIAL SKIN FOR BURN VICTIMS IS REPORTED DEVELOPED IN BOSTON;By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN;April 24, 1981