Biologist David Baltimore will relinquish his faculty position at Rockefeller University in the Spring of 1994 to return to MIT.
Until that time, Dr. Baltimore will continue to head a laboratory at Rockefeller University. His return to MIT as a professor in the Department of Biology will coincide with completion of a new biology building on the campus in which his new laboratory will be situated.
MIT Dean of Science Robert J. Birgeneau, who made the announcement, said, "David Baltimore is one of the great molecular biologists of modern times. During his time on the faculty here and at the Whitehead Institute, he had a fundamental role in the development of our program in molecular biology and in helping our biology department become one of the very best in the world.
"I'm particularly pleased that he intends to pursue research on the AIDS problem which remains one of the most important and fundamentally difficult threats to human health. We are delighted to welcome him back," Dean Birgeneau said.
Dr. Baltimore has spent the bulk of his career at MIT, where he did graduate work in 1960-61, postgraduate work in 1963-64 and was a member of the faculty from 1968 to 1990. He received his PhD at Rockefeller and was there on sabbatical leave from MIT when he received the Nobel Prize in 1975.
Professor Baltimore was the founding director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, an independent research institute affiliated with MIT. He became president of Rockefeller University in 1990, a position he resigned last December.
A version of this article appeared in the May 20, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 36, Number 31).