CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Oct. 16)
Prof. David Baltimore, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was one of three American cancer research experts who were today jointly awarded the 1975 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work on cancer viruses. The Jewish MIT authority on viruses shared the $145,000 prize with Dr. Renato Dulbecco of Britain’s Cancer Research Fund Laboratory, and Howard Temin of Wisconsin University. The announcement of the award was made in Stockholm by the Royal Caroline institute, the administrator of the award.
Dr. Baltimore, 37, is professor of microbiology at the Center for Cancer Research at MIT. He and the other two men shared the award for their discoveries concerning viruses, specifically, the relationship between viruses and the “genetic material of the cell.” According to the Royal Caroline Institute, it appears likely that viruses, the sub-microscopic organisms that cause infections in humans, will be found to be involved in the appearance of at least certain tumors in man. Technology to study this possible relationship was now available, and the basis for this examination has been provided by the discoveries of the three Nobel Prize winners, the Institute said.