Lady Mary Wasn’t a Scientist But Was a Breakthrough Force in History | by Claudia Feitosa-Santana
Lady Mary was not an inventor, but an innovative force in the history of the vaccine.
Motivated by the fear of losing her son, the pain of losing a brother (1714), and the damage of smallpox to her own skin, Lady Mary was responsible for persuading English society to accept procedures that, until then, were considered stupid or witchcraft, performed by ignorant and illiterate women in the then Constantinople of the Ottoman Empire.
Mary Wortley Montagu with her son Edward, by Jean-Baptiste van Mour – via Wikipedia
Many English doctors tried to persuade the Royal Society, but none were successful. The credit was given to Lady Mary who, despite not being a scientist, had a historical role in the history of the vaccine. But, it wasn’t the only one; the list of inventors and innovators in the history of the vaccine is quite extensive.