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Benacerraf, Baruj

Born: 1920 AD
Currently alive, at 101 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Pathologist

US (Venezuelan-born) pathologist

1920 – Born on the 29th of October in Caracas, Venezuela.

1925 – Benacerraf moved to Paris from Venezuela with his family.

1940 – Emigrated to the USA.

1943 – He became a naturalized citizen.

He earned his B.S. at Columbia University School of General Studies.

Attained the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia.

1948-1950 – Became a researcher at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

         – He began studies of allergies and discovered the Ir (immune response) genes.

1950-1956 – He performed research in Paris.

1956-1968 – Relocated to New York University and moved to the National Institutes of Health (1968-1970).

1970-1991 – Joined Harvard University.

1980 – Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the "discovery of the Major histocompatibility

complex genes which encode cell surface molecules important for the immune system’s distinction between self and non-self".

1990 – Received National Medal of Science for his contributions to the world of medicine.