Baruj Benacerraf

Venezuelan-American Nobel Laureate for Medicine & Physiology Baruj Benacerraf

Immunologist Baruj Benacerraf discovered the genes that regulate immune responses and their roles in autoimmune diseases. After graduating from Columbia University, he went on to medical school in Virginia. He served as a doctor in the U.S. Army, and after practicing medicine for several years, became a professor at the NYU School of Medicine. The author of many books, Benacerraf won many awards and held a host of prestigious positions, including his election to the National Academy of Sciences and his receipt of the National Medal of Science.

For his work, he was been awarded over ten honorary degrees from prestigious universities around the world.

Further reading: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/1980/benacerraf/biographical/  & https://www.britannica.com/biography/Baruj-Benacerraf