Recorded: 22 Feb 2011
RD: When I came Luria was already at Cold Spring Harbor.
MD: Well yeah, you certainly were certainly with Max Delbrück, that's where Max Delbrück decided you should come to Caltech. And Louie was certainly there too.
MD: No, that was a different world, in those days. Yeah.
MD: Yeah, anybody can say anything that popped into his head, I should think.
MD: Criticize what you did and didn't do. And if somebody had a great idea I don't think they were afraid to talk about it.
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".