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Renato Dulbecco

Renato DulbeccoBorn: 22-Feb-1914
Birthplace: Catanzaro, Italy
Died: 20-Feb-2012
Location of death: La Jolla, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Tumor viruses and host genetics

Military service: Italian Army, Medical officer (1936-38, 39-43)

Renato Dulbecco developed a viable technique for growing viruses in lab cultures, showed how the polyoma virus, which causes many animal cancers, infects cells, and shed great insight on how cells are infected by viruses. He worked with Rita Levi-Montalcini at the University of Turin, Salvador Luria, Hermann J. Muller, and James Watson at Indiana, and Max Delbrück at Cal-Tech. He shared the 1975 Nobel Prize for Medicine with David Baltimore and Howard M. Temin, both of whom had been his students.

Father: Leonardo Dulbecco (civil engineer)
Mother: Maria Virdia Dulbecco
Wife: Giuseppina Salvo (m. 1939, div. 1962)
Son: Peter Leonard Dulbecco
Daughter: Maria Vittoria Dulbecco
Wife: Maureen Muir Dulbecco (m. 1962)
Daughter: Fiona Linsey Dulbeccon

    University: BS Pathology, University of Torino (1932)
    Medical School: MD, University of Torino (1936)
    Teacher: Medicine, University of Torino (1938-39)
    Scholar: Neurology, University of Turin (1943-47)
    Scholar: Bacteriology, Indiana University Bloomington (1947-49)
    Professor: Biology, California Institute of Technology (1949-62)
    Scholar: Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1962-72)
    Professor: Cancer Research, London Research Institute (1972-77)
    Professor: Cancer Research, Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1977-2006)
    Administrator: President, Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1988-92)
    Administrator: Director of Italian Genome Project, Italian National Research Council (1992-95)
    Administrator: President of Biomedical Technologies, Italian National Research Council (1995-2006)

    Federation of American Scientists Board of Sponsors
    Lasker Award 1964 (with Harry Rubin)
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1975 (with David Baltimore and Howard M. Temin)
    Naturalized US Citizen 1953

Author of books:
Virology (1980, with Harold S. Ginsberg)
The Design of Life (1987)
Encyclopedia of Human Biology (1991, editor)


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