David Baltimore

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David Baltimore was the subject of a scientific fraud case. He worked at Rockefeller University. He was a Nobel Laureate. No evidence of fraud, misconduct, manipulation of data or serious conceptual errors were found in the case.[1]

Dr. David Baltimore, circa 1989, from tobacco industry document

David Baltimore is a professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology and the 1975 Nobel Prize recipient for work in virology. Among his accomplishments, David was founding director of MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, president of Rockefeller University, and head of the National Institutes of Health AIDS Vaccine Research Committee.


David Baltimore was born in 1938 in New York City. He received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1960 and a Ph.D. in Biology from Rockefeller Institute in 1964. He has received honorary degrees from Swarthmore College (1976) and Mount Holyoke College (1987). Dr . Baltimore was a Fellow at MIT in 1963 and a Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1964. He was a research associate in virology at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies from 1965 to 1968. In 1982, he was named as Director of Whitehead Institute. [2]

Nobel prize

Dr . Baltimore won the Nobel Prize in 1975 for Physiology and Medicine. He shared the prize with Drs. Renato Dulbecco and Howard Temin. Dr. Baltimore delivered a lecture in Sweden for his Nobel award on RNA viruses that produce tumors and their interaction with host cells. Dr . Baltimore has been the recipient of numerous other scientific awards including the Eli Lilly Award (1971) and the U .S . Steel Foundation Award (1974). In addition to sharing the Nobel Prize with Drs. Temin and Dulbecco, Dr. Baltimore has published numerous papers with these scientists. Drs. Temin and Baltimore were among the first to discover the process of reverse transcription in retroviruses. The retroviruses are RNA viruses which are responsible for most of cancer and other disease-causing viruses, including poliovirus and HIV. Dr. Baltimore turned his research towards the elucidation of the AIDS virus (HIV), its mechanisms and prevention by immunization. [3][4][5]


  1. Warren E. Leary, New York Times Panel Finds No Evidence of Fraud in Report, February 7, 1989. Philip Morris Bates No.2 023266734/6735
  2. C.R. Wall, Philip Morris Dr. David Baltimore Memorandum. July 31, 1989. 2 pp. Bates No.2023266669/6670
  3. Nobel Prize in Medicine, Nobel Prize, accessed June 18, 2008
  4. Board of Sponsors, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, accessed September 1, 2009
  5. C.R. Wall, Philip Morris Dr. David Baltimore Memorandum. July 31, 1989. 2 pp. Bates No.2023266669/6670
  6. 2009/10 Annual Report, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation, accessed February 4, 2011.
  7. FasterCures Board, organizational web page, accessed July 11, 2013.

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