John B. Robbins

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John Bennett Robbins (born December 1, 1932)[1] is a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health, best known for his development of the vaccine against bacterial meningitis (Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)) with his colleague Rachel Schneerson.

Bacterial meningitis is the leading cause of acquired mental retardation in children.

Robbins is a recipient of the 1996 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research,[2] the Pasteur Award from the World Health Organization and the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal in 2001 which he received for playing a major role in the development of Hib conjugate vaccine that is now used throughout the world and has led to a dramatic decline in the number of infants and children suffering from meningitis and other systemic infections such as osteomyelitis and pneumonia.[3] He is also a member of the National Academy of Science.


  1. ^ Who's who in Government, Volume 3
  2. ^ "The Lasker Foundation". Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award". The Sabin Vaccine Institute. Retrieved 16 January 2014.