175 Makers of History: Thomas Fort Sellers

Thomas Fort Sellers 32M 60H
Director, Georgia Department of Public Health

Thomas Sellers

The "Sellers Stain" may not sound particularly palatable, but the scientific breakthrough named for its developer, Thomas Fort Sellers, remains a crucial tool in the diagnosis of rabies.

Sellers worked in public health in Georgia for forty-two years and founded the Southern Public Health Laboratory Association. He is the former chair of community health at Emory, and each year an award is presented in his name to the Rollins School of Public Health faculty member who exemplifies the ideals of public health and serves as a role model and mentor to his or her colleagues.