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    Dr. David Baltimore, a brilliant American mind, Nobel laureate, President Emeritus of Caltech, a father and a recent grand father

     

    On May 23rd, 2015 I set off to California on my first travel to Cal in this century. On the way I heard of the sad demise of Nobel laureate John Nash, the Princeton Mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film "The beautiful mind" During my recent visit to Cal, I was lucky to have an opportunity to visit the Caltech campus in Pasadena not very far from Hollywood, and meet a Brilliant mind who received Nobel prize for his work on reverse transcriptase, Dr. David Baltimore. There was a central dogma that information encoded in the DNA was transcribed to RNA and then translated to protein. The discovery by Drs. Baltimore and Howard Temin revised that dogma to include the transcription from RNA to DNA by the enzyme reverse transcriptase. This was a critical finding as it allowed the cloning and expression of a number critical proteins on a large scale like insulin, interleukins, clotting factors etc. Dr. Baltimore has had an illustrious career with 100s of publications in top scientific journals and he has mentored 100s of doctoral and post doctoral scientists and has had a rare distinction being the president of 2 of the most prestigious Universities Rockefeller and Caltech and was a faculty at MIT. Dr. Baltimore is actively involved in basic and translational research and he shared the highlights of what his current research is leading to but I did not ask him whether I could share his research thrust and therefore whatever is in the public domain can be found in his recent publications. He was very excited to talk about his grand child born last year and his daughter living in New York. As the father's day 2015 comes to an end on the east coast, I would like to draw attention to this great American father with a compelling story of accomplishments, contribution to science, training of high flying scientists, evolution of ethics in science, administration of 2 top Universities in the USA. If only I had the funding to produce a movie "The Brilliant mind", it would be about Dr. David Baltimore. Dr. Baltimore's wife and equal half Dr. Alice Huang has also had an illustrious career. The image seen here is that of Dr. David Baltimore in his office at Caltech during my visit to California.

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