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Renato Dulbecco

Born February 22, 1914(1914-02-22)
Catanzaro, Italy
Died February 19, 2012(2012-02-19) (aged 97)
La Jolla, California
Residence Milan, La Jolla
Nationality Italy, United States[1]
Fields Virologist
Institutions California Institute of Technology
Salk Institute
London Research Institute
Alma mater University of Turin
Known for Reverse transcriptase
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1975)
Selman A. Waksman Award (1974)

Renato Dulbecco (February 22, 1914 – February 19, 2012) was an Italian-born American virologist who won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on oncogenes. Oncogenes are genes in viruses that cause cancer when they infect animal cells.[2]

The prize was shared with Howard Temin and David Baltimore. Dulbecco studied at the University of Turin under Giuseppe Levi. His fellow students Salvador Luria and Rita Levi-Montalcini also moved to the U.S. with him and won Nobel prizes. He was drafted into the Italian army in World War II, but later joined the resistance.


  1. Dulbecco was a naturalized American citizen. See Dulbécco, Renato in
  2. "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1975". 12 Sep 2012

This person won a Nobel Prize