William E. Paul, immunologist and AIDS researcher, Died at 79

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William Erwin Paul was born on June 12, 1936, and died on September 18, 2015.

He was an American immunologist and AIDS researcher.

William worked on AIDS research for much of his career at the National Institutes of Health.

He served as president of the American Association of Immunologists from 1986 to 1987.

William received his residency at the Boston Medical Center and National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Thereafter, he joined the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 1962 and was assigned to the Endocrinology Branch of the NCI, where he worked for two years.

After Paul had read the writings of Michael Heidelberger, and decided to train as an immunologist.

He had long had a desire to collaborate with rheumatologist Alan Cohen influenced his decision as well.

Paul did some training at New York University with Baruj Benacerraf and later moved with him to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

He then worked as NIH immunology laboratory director in 1970.

During the establishment of NIH’s Office of AIDS Research in 1993, Paul was chosen as its first leader, retiring in 1997.

Paul also helped found the NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center.

Paul was the chief editor of the Annual Review of Immunology from 1983 to 2011.

Paul received the 2008 Max Delbrück Medal.

He was then given the job of professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Senior Professor at Tel Aviv University.

William E. Paul passed away at 79 years old from acute myeloid leukaemia.

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