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David L. Baltimore

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1975
MIT Institute Professor, 1994 - 1997
President, California Institute of Technology, 1997 - 2006
President, Rockefeller University, 1990 - 1991

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1975
MIT Institute Professor, 1994 - 1997
President, California Institute of Technology, 1997 - 2006
President, Rockefeller University, 1990 - 1991

David L. Baltimore
Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1975
MIT Institute Professor, 1994 – 1997
Robert A. Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology, 2006 – Present
President, California Institute of Technology, 1997 – 2006
President, Rockefeller University, 1990 – 1991

A 1975 winner of the Nobel Prize and the founding director of the Whitehead Institute, Dr. Baltimore was one of the early pioneers in the molecular study of animal viruses. He also served as the presidents of both Rockefeller University and Cal Tech and has been a prominent figure in Washington, DC in advocating for an HIV vaccine.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Pivotal experience of a high school summer job at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.
  • Discovery of reverse transcriptase, essential for the reproduction of retroviruses like HIV.
  • Advancing research in the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell.
  • Creation of the Whitehead Institute, the controversy surrounding its location at MIT, and its research achievements.
  • Role government should play in governing scientists.
  • Reflections on the controversy surrounding the Thereza Imanishi-Kari case.

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