P. Roy Vagelos

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Pindaros Roy Vagelos, better known as P. Roy Vagelos or Roy Vagelos (born 1929 in Westfield, New Jersey), was president and chief executive officer (1985) and chairman (1986) of the multinational pharmaceutical company Merck. He attracted research scientists who developed many major new drugs. In addition to his business accomplishments, Vagelos is the author of more than 100 scientific papers.


Roy Vagelos grew up during the Depression as a son of Greek immigrants. Vagelos attended Rahway High School in his hometown.Peterson, Iver. , The New York Times, November 15, 1992. Accessed October 19, 2007. "In addition, Merck donated $40,000 to fund a study on improving Rahway's downtown business district, it paid $126,000 to help cover the cost of paving some roads adjoining its complex, and it put new scientific equipment in Rahway High School, the alma mater of Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, the corporate chairman." After winning a partial scholarship, he left his family's small restaurant in Rahway, New Jersey to become a doctor.Johnson, Robert. , The New York Times, November 28, 2004. Accessed October 19, 2007. "He is also promoting his new book "Medicine, Science and Merck" (Cambridge University Press), written with Louis Galambos, describing his path from son of a luncheonette owner in Rahway, N.J., to leader of a pharmaceutical giant." He majored in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania,...
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