Recorded: 22 Feb 2011
Well usually, when it is a birthday, it's kind of exciting, interesting. And naturally, being the 97th birthday, so advanced, it gets even more exciting. So I feel very, very excited. It is wonderful, see. Very, very … encouraging me to go ahead with my wife--with my life, as I've done so far, and do possibly even better.
Well, at this point in my life I think that effect, or we had very great important [??], which would make it possible to reach the age and the state at which I am, and so on. That the real main factor in all these advances is my wife. Because she is so in sync with me, that my life has become easy, because of that. And without that it would be very difficult.
Renato Dulbecco was born in Catanzaro,Italy, in 1914. He studied medicine in Turin before joining the Italian Resistance movement against Benito Mussolini during theSecond Wold War.
After the war Dulbecco emigrated to the United States and worked with Salvador Luria at the University of Indiana before moving on to the University of California.
Won the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 1964.
Won the 1975 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology with David Baltimore and Howard Temin "for their discoveries concerning the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell".