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George W(ilhelm) Merck
(29 Mar 1894 - 9 Nov 1957)

American pharmaceutical manufacturer and executive who, in 1929, became president of his father's Merck chemical manufacturing company. He began pioneering systematic research which yielded the first synthesis of several vitamins and the first American-made penicillin used to treat an infection.

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Remember the Three Princes of Serendip who went out looking for treasure? They didn't find what they were looking for, but they kept finding things just as valuable. That's serendipity, and our business [drugs] is full of it.
— George W(ilhelm) Merck
'What the Doctor Ordered&#-30;, Time (18 Aug 1952)
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We cannot step aside and say that we have achieved our goal by inventing a new drug or a new way by which to treat presently incurable diseases, a new way to help those who suffer from malnutrition, or the creation of ideal balanced diets on a worldwide scale. We cannot rest till the way has been found, with our help, to bring our finest achievement to everyone.
— George W(ilhelm) Merck
Address to the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond (1 Dec 1950).
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We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear. The better we have remembered it, the larger they have been.
— George W(ilhelm) Merck
Address to the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond (1 Dec 1950). Quoted in James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, Built to Last (1994, 1997), 48.
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