Benjamin Rubin

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Benjamin Rubin (September 27, 1917 in New York, New York – March 8, 2010[1]) was an American microbiologist, known as the inventor of the bifurcated vaccination needle,[2] which played an important role in the eradication of smallpox. Rubin invented this device by taking the eyelet of a sewing machine needle and grinding it down.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  2. ^ Jonathan B. Tucker (August 2002). Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox. Grove Press. pp. 72–. ISBN 978-0-8021-3939-9. 

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