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Haffkine Memorial Plaque Unveiled in Bombay by India’s President

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A memorial plaque for the late Dr. Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine was unveiled at the Grant Medical College here by Indian President Shri Giri. A large and distinguished gathering attended the ceremony. Dr. Haffkine, a native of Odessa, was educated in France. He later came to India where he discovered vaccines to counter cholera and the Bubonic plague. The Indian College has commemorated him out of gratitude for the countless lives his vaccines have saved. In addition to the Indian President, the ceremony was addressed by Shri Shellim Samuel, chairman of the Indian Committee for the Haffkine Memorial, and by an American, Mrs. Edythe Lutzker, the late doctor’s biographer. Dr. Haffkine was born in Odessa, Russia in 1860 and died in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1930. The International and Indian Committees for the Haffkine Memorial were established last year on the 40th anniversary of the doctor’s death.

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