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Bishop, John Michael

Born: 1936 AD
Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Virologist

1936 – Born on the 22nd of February in Pennsylvania. American virologist.

1957 – Bishop graduated from Gettysburg College.

1962 – Earned an MD from Harvard University.

         – Worked at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

1964 – He performed virology research at the National Institutes of Health.

1968-1972 – He joined the faculty of the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, becoming a full professor.

         – Bishop teamed up with Varmus, and they set out to test the theory that healthy body cells contain dormant viral oncogenes that, when triggered, cause cancer.

1976 – Bishop and Varmus, together with two colleagues—Dominique Stehelin and Peter Vogt—published their findings, concluding that the virus had taken up the gene responsible for the cancer from a normal cell.

1981 – He also served as director of the university’s George F. Hooper Research Foundation.

1989 – Co-winner with Harold Varmus of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for achievements in clarifying the origins of cancer.

1998 – Member and chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco.

2003 – Bishop is the recipient of National Medal of Science.