Recorded: 04 Jun 2001
I had just been in the tumor virus business for one or two years at the symposium but then afterwards I started to come regularly to the tumor virus meeting and I remember that at one point Howard Temin was giving sort of the opening talk. And it was—at that time the tumor virus meeting was being split into RNA tumor viruses or something like that and he made the remark that the field is getting more and more specialized, first it was tumor viruses, and now it’s going to be RNA tumor viruses and then it will be in a few years he anticipated it would be the Right hand end of the genome of some RNA tumor viruses. Fortunately he overstated the case there. But there was a lot of excitement then. Oncogenes were just developing at that point. I remember Mike Bishop talking about that, and Harold Varmus and so forth. Bob Gallo was there. There were really a lot of really good tumor virus meetings that I went to. Then I got into the tRNA business so I started coming to tRNA meetings. Then I got into the RNA processing business and came to RNA Processing meetings, so I’ve sort of done a lot of—lots of things that got me to Cold Spring Harbor.
Jim Dahlberg received his BA 1962, Haverford College, Pennsyvlania, completed his PhD 1966, University of Chicago. Dr. Dahlberg was a Postdoctoral Fellow from 1966-68 in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge under the supervision of two-times Nobelist, Dr. Frederick Sanger. He also did worked in the 1968-69, Universite de Geneve under Dr. Richard Epstein.
Dr. Dahlberg is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1996, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiologists (1997) During his career he has been the recipient of many awards including Eli Lilly Award for Biological Chemistry, 1974; H.I. Romnes Faculty Research Fellowship, 1976; Philips Visitor, 1977; Josiah Macy, Jr. Faculty Scholar Award, 1979-80; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1982; Frederick Sanger Professorship, 1991; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993; Fellow, U.W. Hilldale Professor, 1997; Buzzati-Traverso Award for Molecular Biology, Italian National Research Council, 1998; NIH Merit Award, 1998; European Molecular Biology Organization, Foreign Associate, 1998.
He is a frequent visitor to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as well as a speaker at many key Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology.