Astrobiologist, Nobel Prize Winner Baruch Blumberg Dies

A portrait of Dr. Baruch Blumberg in 1999. Image credit: NASA


NASA’s first director of the Astrobiology Insitute, and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Baruch “Barry” Blumberg has passed away at the age of 85. He suffered an apparent heart attack while attending a conference at Ames Research Center on Tuesday, April 5. Blumberg served as at the NASA Astrobiology Institute from 1999 to 2002, and is best known as the winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Medicine for identifying the Hepatitis B virus.

“Barry Blumberg was a great biochemist and researcher,” said Ames Center Director Pete Worden. “He was a leading light in the scientific community and a great humanitarian. He also was a loyal and supportive friend to NASA, Ames Research Center and the nation’s space program.”

Read more about Blumberg from NASA, and from the NASA Lunar Science Institute.