Blumberg, Baruch Samuel
Born: Jul 28, 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
1925 - Baruch Samuel Blumberg was born on the 28th of July in Brooklyn, New York. US virologist.
1943 - Graduated from Far Rockaway High School in Brooklyn and he joined the US Navy.
- He served on a landing craft before he was selected to study at Union College in Schenectady, New York.
1945 - He graduated at Union College in Schenectady, NY with honors.
- Entered the graduate program in mathematics at Columbia University.
1951 - Received his M.D. at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons.
1953-1955 - He interned at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York, and then spent 2 years in the Arthritis Division of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center as a clinical fellow in medicine doing research in biochemistry.
1955-1957 - He then went to England, where he continued his research in biochemistry at Balliol College, Oxford University.
1957 - Earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Balliol College, Oxford.
- He traveled to Nigeria, where he studied inherited polymorphisms (genetic variations in a species) of milk and hemoglobin.
1957-1964 - Blumberg was associated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.
1963 - He studied the blood of many ethnic groups, and he and a colleague made an unexpected discovery; in the blood serum of an Australian aborigine.
1964 - Member of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
- Blumberg left the NIH to serve as associate director of clinical research at the Fox Chase Cancer Research Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- He later became vice president for population oncology at the center, also serving as professor of medicine and professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
1967 - They found an antigen that later was determined to be part of a virus that causes hepatitis B, the most severe form of hepatitis.
1976 - Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for "discoveries concerning new mechanisms for the origin and dissemination of infectious diseases."
- Blumberg identified the Hepatitis B virus, and later developed the diagnostic test and vaccine for it.
1977 - University Professor of Medicine and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
1989-1994 - He was Master of Balliol College.
1995 - He was honored on a stamp issued by Maldive Islands.
1999-2002 - Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
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