Medicine: Baruj Benacerraf (Venezuela) - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Medicine: Baruj Benacerraf (Venezuela)

Baruj Benacerraf was born in Caracas in 1920 and emigrated to the United States in 1940.

Benacerraf is a pathologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1980 for his research into the human immune system.

Benecerraf and his family lived in Venzuela and France while he was growing up, before moving to the U.S. in 1940 so he could study at Columbia University in New York City. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he applied to medical school, but faced difficulties because he was both Hispanic and Jewish. The only school which accepted him was the University of Virginia.

While in medical school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and following graduation he was assigned to a military hospital in France. Meanwhile, in 1943 he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

 

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.