This collection documents Dr. Harold Varmus' activities as a UCSF professor, research scientist, and author and editor of
international repute. The teaching materials, research files, and journal club entries reflect Dr. Varmus' investigations
in the field of oncogenes and retroviruses and the implications for understanding mechanisms of cancer, Hepatitis B, and the
Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The correspondence files illustrate the process of bringing scientific research from experiment
to manuscript and then journal article review and publication. They also reflect the increased visibility and demands of
a Nobel Prize recipient (in collaboration with J. Michael Bishop of UCSF in 1989).
Born in Oceanside, New York, December 18, 1939, Harold E. Varmus received his undergraduate degree (B.A. magna cum laude)
from Amherst College in 1961, an M.A. (in literature) the following year from Harvard University, and the M.D. from Columbia
University in 1966. From 1967 to 1970 Varmus was an intern in medicine (1966-67) and Assistant Resident in Medicine (1967-68)
at Presbyterian Hospital, New York, and Clinical Associate at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases,
Bethesda, MD (1968-70). In 1970 he was appointed a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Microbiology at
UCSF, for 1970-72. At the end of this period Dr. Varmus was appointed Assistant Professor in Residence, for 1972-74, Associate
Professor (1974-79), and full Professor, 1979-1993, in that department. He was on the faculty of the Molecular Medicine group
in the Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS) consortium.
Number of containers: 5 cartons, 3 boxes
Linear feet: 7.75
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or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manager of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for
publication is given on behalf of the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items
and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research; some correspondence files are restricted