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George W. Merck (1894 - 1957), the son of George Merck, was an American scientist and president of Merck & Co..


Raised in Llewellyn Park, New Jerseymarker, he attended Harvard Collegemarker, graduating in 1915. World War I prevented him from pursuing an advanced degree in Germanymarker; instead, he joined his father at the company. He was made president of the company in 1925, shortly before his father's death. During the interwar years, he oversaw Merck's involvement in the development of synthetic vitamins, sulfas, antibiotics, and hormones. During World War II, he led the War Research Service, which initiated the U.S. biological weapons program. Merck was on the cover of Time magazine on August 18, 1952, illustrating a story about the American drug industry.

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