August 2, 2011 by Post Team
Dr. Baruch Benacerraf native Venezuela received the 1980 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in immunogenetics (the study of the relationship between the immune system and genetics).
Benacerraf made numerous contributions to the study on the immune system and its relation to genetics, and has received several honors and awards for his research.
In a telephone interview with the review in January Benacerraf expressed his youthful enthusiasm and relating how he moved to Jamaica Plain because of its proximity to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where he became president in 1980. He lived with his family in Jamaicaway Tower. We also enjoyed walking around the pond and said that in January regreted not being able to do it more often.
He has been Director of the Laboratory of Immunology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, Chairman of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, the president of the American Association of Immunologists, President of the American Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine and President of the International Union of Immunological Societies.
Benacerraf was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1920, Judeo-Spanish descent. His father, a self-made entrepreneur, was a textile merchant and importer, born in Spanish Morocco. Mother Dr. Benacerraf was born and raised in French Algeria and raised in French culture. When I was five, his family moved to Paris, where he lived until 1939 and received primary and secondary education in French. The family returned to Venezuela because of the Second World War and later moved to the United States, where young Baruch pursues higher education. He enrolled at Columbia University in the School of General Studies, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1942, having also completed the pre-medical requirements for admission to the Faculty of Medicine.
Benacerraf wife, Annette Dreyfus, died in June, according to AP. His brother Paul Benacerraf, Princeton University philosophy professor, daughter of Beryl Benacerraf, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and two grandchildren survive him. Funeral services have not been announced, the AP reported.
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