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Nathans, Daniellocked

(30 October 1928–16 November 1999)
  • Daniel DiMaio


Nathans, Daniel (30 October 1928–16 November 1999), Nobel Prize-winning virologist, Nobel Prize–winning virologist, was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Samuel Nathans and Sarah Levitan Nathans, Russian-Jewish immigrants whose occupation is unknown. Although his early childhood during the Great Depression was poor in material things, his family placed great value in education. He graduated with a degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1950 and then entered medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. Nathans intended to return to Wilmington as a general practitioner, but a summer in Oliver Lowry's laboratory at Washington University convinced him that his vocation was basic research. Following graduation from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1954, Nathans did a medical internship at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He then spent two years as a clinical associate at the National Cancer Institute. In 1956 he married Joanne Gomberg, who was for many years a lawyer for the city of Baltimore. They had three sons. After returning to Presbyterian Hospital for two more years as a medical resident, Nathans left the clinic for a lifetime in the laboratory....

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