Walter Reed

Walter Reed

Born: September 13, 1851

Died: November 22, 1902

Nationality: American

Occupation: Soldier

Biography: Major Walter Reed, M.D., was a U.S. Army physician who in 1900 led the team that postulated and confirmed the theory that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine, and most immediately allowed the resumption and completion of work on the Panama Canal by the United States.