2011-04-22 / Obits

Baruch Blumberg

Nobel Prize Winner

Baruch Blumberg, 85, a Rockawayborn former resident, died April 5.

Blumberg is best known for discovering Hepatitis B and later developing a vaccine that would save millions of lives. He was residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1976 with D. Carleton Gajdusek for research work on the origins and spread of infectious viral diseases.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Liebesman; children, Jane, Anne, George and Noah; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements remained private.

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Baruch, as most Jews know is

Baruch, as most Jews know is the Hebrew word that translated into English means "Blessing".I never had the honor and priviledge of meeting this great man. However, his discoveries have helped millions of people. In Judaism there is a religious philosophy called "Tikan Haolum". It is based on the belief that our mission,is to work harmoniously with G-d, in order to "fix and repair our world".May this philosophy be continued through his many grandchildren and others who were and are inspired by his accomplishments.

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