The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This
August 29, 2014
As a young scientist in Belgium, Peter Piot was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976.
He took his first trip to Africa to investigate this mysterious disease.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he met people who had contracted it. “I’ll never forget the glazed eyes, the staring and the pain … this type of expression in the eyes … telling me I’m going to die,” says Piot. “That I’ll never forget.”
Piot went on to study AIDS in the 1980s and became founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.
He is now director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.