A Remarkable Life in Science: David Baltimore on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is David Baltimore.

David is one of the most accomplished biomedical scientists – and scientific citizens — of the past 50 years. He recently won Lasker~Koshland Award for Special Achievement. The award was granted “for the breadth and beauty of his discoveries in virology, immunology, and cancer; for his academic leadership; for his mentorship of prominent scientists; and for his influence as a public advocate for science.”

David Baltimore, president emeritus, distinguished professor of biology, Caltech

It would take way more than an hour to discuss all of this work in depth.

His fundamental work in virology led him down a whole set of interesting paths in immunology and cancer biology.

He won the Nobel Prize in 1975 at age 37.

Now at age 83, Baltimore is in a position to reflect.

In this conversation, we talk about his upbringing, the value of humanities training for scientists, some early career turning points, how he got involved with biotech, and the kind of opportunities he’d like to see open up for young scientists in the future. I think this conversation pairs quite well with the last episode with Tony Kulesa.

Now, before we get started with the conversation with David Baltimore, a word from the sponsor of The Long Run – Answerthink.

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Now, please join me and David Baltimore on The Long Run.

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