Baruch S. Blumberg


Interview, March 2009

Interview with the 1976 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Baruch S. Blumberg, March 2009. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of

Baruch S. Blumberg talks about the American Philosophical Society of which he is president, his early education and the advice that led him to transition from math to medicine, working as a medical trainee in Surinam and arriving at the idea of differential disease susceptibility (14:46), his book ‘The Hunt for a Killer Virus’ and the path that led to the development of the Hepatitis B vaccine (32:53), the interesting sequela of the research on Hepatitis B regarding gender choice in foetuses (52:40), and his later work for NASA and as Master of Balliol College, Oxford (1:01:16).

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