Dr. Anthony Fauci, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a household name as he’s helped America navigate through COVID-19. He’s the nation’s top infectious disease expert and chief medical advisor on the coronavirus to President Joe Biden. In his trademark New York accent, he has an innate ability to make scientific information simple and understandable. His directness is also what sometimes makes him a polarizing figure. "I have stood for always making science, data, and evidence, be what we guide ourselves by," Fauci said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" (via Yahoo News). "And I think people who feel differently, who have conspiracy theories, who deny reality, that’s looking them straight in the eye."

Married for 36 years and a father of three, Fauci has advised seven U.S. presidents on domestic and global health issues (via Merck). He’s guided us through numerous epidemics, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Fauci has become a reluctant celebrity; his face appearing on an array of merchandise from coffee mugs, T-shirts and socks, to prayer candles and a bobblehead figure (via Vox). Yet there’s much more to know about this accomplished physician-scientist.

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