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Salvador Luria Salvador Luria was one of the founders of microbiology as we know it He emigrated from here from his native country of Italy in 1940 His work in the United States is his best known His work on bacteriophage bacterial virus here brought up many new topics in bacteriology biochemistry and virology Born in 1912 in Turin Italy Salvador Luria was born to David Luria and Ester Sacerdote His father was a well-respected Jewish leader in his hometown Salvador attended Liceo dAzeglio high school This was one of Northern Italys most highly recognized schools After he finished high school he enrolled in medical school at the University of Turin In medical school he studied with nerve tissue expert Giuseppe Levi He met Ugo Fano who later taught him calculus and physics in an after school class using astronomy as a base The influence that Fano had on Salvador was so great that he decided to pursue basic sciences He decided to go with Radiology he believed this was the gap between physics and medicine He received his medical degree in 1935 Although he had received his degree he was not happy He believed Radiology was the most boring part of the medical world Salvador was drafted into the Italian Army as a medic This proved he was not made for a medical career He was discharged in 1937 and moved to Rome In Rome he study at the Physics Institute of the University of Rome He was shown the writings of Max Delbruck who had boldly stated a gene was a molecule Salvador later said that Maxs writings were the Holy Grail of biophysics While living in an old broken down trolley car in the streets of Rome Salvador started a conversation with a microbiologist by the name of Geo Rita Geo introduced him to bacteriophage Salvador believed he could prove Maxs theory He fled Europe in 1940 when the Nazi
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