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Harold Eliot Varmus

educator , hospital administrator , cell biologist

Harold VARMUS, American microbiologist and university professor. Award 1982 (Co-recipient); Award 1983; Award, Shubitz Cancer Prize (N. Editorial Board Cancer Surveys; American Society of Virology, American Society of Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science.


VARMUS, Harold was born on December 18, 1939 in Oceanside, New York, United States. Son of Frank Varmus and Beatrice (Barasch) Varmus.


Bachelor in English, Amherst College, Massachusetts, 1961. Master of Arts in English Literature, Harvard University, 1962. Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University College Physicians & Surgeons, New York City, 1966.


Intern, resident Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, 1966-1968. Clinical associate National Institute Arthritis & Metabolic Disease, Bethesda, Maryland, 1968-1970. Lecturer department microbiology University California, San Francisco, 1970-1972, assistant professor, 1972-1974, associate professor, 1974-1979, professor department microbiology & immunology, 1979—1993, professor department biochemistry & biophysics, 1982—1993, American Cancer Society professor molecular virology, 1984—1993.

Director National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1993—1999. President, Chief Executive Officer Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, 2000—2010. Director National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, since 2010.

Chairman board on biology National Research Council, 1991—1993. Member World Health Organization Commission Macroeconomics & Health, 2000—2002. Co-founder, chairman board Public Library. of Science (PLoS), since 2003.

Member, co-chair President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), since 2009. Surgeon United States Public Health Service, 1968-1970.



Chair science board Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2003—2008. Board directors Campaign to Defend the Constitution, Scientists & Engineers for America. Member of National Academy of Sciences, American Society Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, American Academy Arts & Sciences, American Society Cell Biology, American Society Microbiology, American Society Virology, Institute Medicine.


Married Constance Louise Casey, October 25, 1969. Children: Jacob Carey, Christopher Isaac.

Frank Varmus

Beatrice (Barasch) Varmus

Constance Louise Casey

Jacob Carey Varmus

Christopher Isaac Varmus