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Harold Varmus

Born Harold Eliot Varmus
December 18, 1939 (1939-12-18) (age 79)
Oceanside, New York, U.S.
Fields Cell biology
Alma mater Amherst College
Harvard University
Columbia University
Known for Retroviral oncogenes; PLOS
Notable awards 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Harold Eliot Varmus (born December 18, 1939) is an American Nobel Prize-winning scientist and the 14th and current Director of the National Cancer Institute, a post he was appointed to by President Barack Obama.[1]

He was a co-recipient, with J. Michael Bishop, of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the origin of retroviral oncogenes.[2] Varmus described the work in his Nobel lecture.[3]

He also serves as one of three co-Chairs of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

References

  1. President Obama to appoint Harold E. Varmus M.D. to lead National Cancer Institute: [1]
  2. "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1989". Official Nobel Prize Award Site. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1989/varmus-autobio.html.
  3. Retroviruses and oncogenes I. Nobel Lecture, December 8, 1989. nobelprize.org


This person won a Nobel Prize