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 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 being used even today.