The Power List 2016
President Emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology
David Baltimore’s love for experimental science was born after spending a summer at the Jackson Laboratory in 1955. And since then his achievements have been numerous, including a Nobel Prize in 1970 for the discovery of reverse transcriptase, which implied that cancer could be caused by genetic means, which was a wide-open question at the time. Today, his laboratory at Caltech focuses on the basic investigation of the development and functioning of the mammalian immune system, as well as translational studies using viral vectors.