Recipients of this award to date have included:
Thomas H. Weller, M.D., professor emeritus at the Harvard
School of Public Health and a 1954 Nobel Laureate. Dr. Weller first
isolated the varicella-zoster virus.
Gertrude B. Elion, D.Sc., scientist emeritus at Glaxo Wellcome
Inc. and a 1988 Nobel Laureate. Dr. Elion developed the first antiviral
therapy for shingles.
Michiaki Takahashi, M.D., D.M.Sc., professor emeritus of
Osaka University. Dr. Takahashi developed the chickenpox vaccine.
R.E. Hope-Simpson, OBE, FRCGP, a British general practitioner
who definitively concluded that shingles was caused by a reactivation
of latent varicella (chickenpox) virus.
Anne A. Gershon, M.D., professor of pediatrics of Columbia
University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Gershon was honored
for her important work in all aspects of VZV research, and for her
key role in the founding of VZVRF.