David Baltimore

I was born in New York, to a family of traders. My father was an Orthodox Jew, my mother was an Atheist. In spite of this, I was brought up as a Jew. As a biologist and virologist, along with my fellow researchers, I recevied the Nobel Prize in 1975, for discovering the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of cells. Among others, I worked out the classification system of viruses, which is in use even today.

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