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Inuagural Distiguished Lecture in Virology
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Prof. Baruch S. Blumberg

Baruch S. Blumberg is Distinguished Scientist, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Professor of Medicine and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.  He was the Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (1999–2002), Senior Advisor to the Administrator of NASA (2001–2002), Principal Scientist in Fundamental Space Biology (20032004) and Master of Balliol College (1989–1994). He earned an M.D. degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, (1951), and D. Phil. in Biochemistry from Oxford University (1957). 

He was awarded the 1976 Nobel Prize for "discoveries concerning new mechanisms for the origin and dissemination of infectious diseases" and, specifically, for the discovery of the Hepatitis B virus and invention of the hepatitis B vaccine. He is currently President of the American Philosophical Society.