Dr. W.M. Haffkine

Little is known of Haffkine’s childhood. He was born on the 16th March 1860 in the Russian seaport of Odessa which was then an intellectual and commercial centre of Russia. He graduated in science at the University of Odessa in 1884.

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The first hurdle he successfully crossed was the growing of Plague bacilli in small glass containers. Once this was achieved the preparation of Plague Vaccine became easier. On the 10th January 1897, Haffkine inoculated himself, publicly, with the newly developed Plague Vaccine just to demonstrate the harmlessness of the product.

The  Posts & Telegraphs Department deems it a great privilege to honour the memory of this great bacteriologist, whose work was of immense value to India, by bringing out a special commemorative stamp on the occasion of his 104th birth anniversary.


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Date of issue                      :  16.03.1964

Denomination                    :  0.15 ps

Overall Size                         :  3.91 x 2.90 cms

Printing Size                        :  3.63 x 2.62 cms

No: per Issue Sheet           :  35

Colour                                  :  Chestnut and Plum

Perforation                         :  13

Printing process                :  Photogravure

No: printed                        :  2 million

Designed and Printed at  : India Security Press

Water Mark                        : All over multiple ‘Lion Capital of Asoka’


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