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Biology educator

Salvador Edward Luria, Italian biology educator. Co-recipient Nobel prize for medicine and physiology, 1969; fellow Guggenheim fellow, Vanderbilt University and Princeton University, 1942-1943, Pasteur Institute, Paris, 1963-1964.


Luria, Salvador Edward was born on August 13, 1912 in Turin, Italy. Arrived in the United States, 1940, naturalized, 1947. Son of David and Ester (Sacerdote) Luria.


Doctor of Medicine, University Turin, 1935.


Research fellow Curie Laboratory, Institute of Radium, Paris, 1938—1940. Research assistant surgical bacteriology Columbia University, 1940—1942. Successively instructor, assistant professor, associate professor bacteriology Indiana University, 1943—1950.

Professor bacteriology University Illinois, 1950—1959. Professor microbiology Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959—1964, Sedgwick professor biology, 1964, Institute professor, 1970—1972. Founder, director Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972—1985.

Institute professor emeritus Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972—1991. Non-resident fellow Salk Institute Biological Studies, from 1965. Lecturer biophysics University Colorado, 1950.

Jesup lecturer zoology Columbia University, 1950. Nieuwland lecturer biology University Notre Dame, 1959. Dyer lecturer National Institutes of Health, 1963.

With Office of Scientific Research and Development, Carnegie Institution, Washington, 1945—1946.


Member of American Association of University Professors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences, Genetics Society of America, Society General Microbiology, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Society Microbiology (president 1967-1968), American Philosophical Society, Sigma Xi.


Married Zella Hurwitz, April 18, 1945. 1 child David.

David Luria

Ester (Sacerdote) Luria

Zella Hurwitz

David Luria