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David Baltimore

American Jewish Recipients of the Nobel Prize


David Baltimore: Nobel
Prize in Physiology or
Medicine Recipient-1975

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

David Baltimore is an American Jewish recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1975, which he shared with Renato Dulbeecco and Howard Martin Temin, for their discoveries concerning the interaction tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell.

David Baltimore was born on March 7, 1938, in New York City, New York. His parents were Gertrude (nee Lipschitz) and Richard Baltimore. He was married to Alice S, (nee Huang) on October 5, 1968, and they had one daughter named Teak.

He graduated Swarthmore College, in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with a B.A. with high honors in Chemistry, 1960. He entered Rockefeller University in 1961, after he had a year in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in Rockefeller University, in 1964.

After graduation, he accepted a MIT position as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor of Microbiology, in 1973. Since 1973, to the present, he has been the American Cancer Professor of Microbiology.

David Baltimore has been recognized for his research and discoveries:
• Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963-64
• Postdoctoral fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, N.Y.C., 1964-65
• Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 1965-1968
• Research Associate, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, California, 1965-1968
• National Academy of Sciences, 1974
• Nobel Prize, 1975
• National Medal of Science, 1999
• Member of the Board of Amgen, 1999
• Member of the Board of BB Biotech AG
• American Academy of Arts and Sciences
• Council on Competitiveness Executive Committee
• Council of Foreign Relations


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