Virologist replaces Steve Jobs at Apple

arthur levinsonArthur D. Levinson, Ph.D., Chairman of Genentech, has replaced Steve Jobs as Chairman of the Board of Apple, Inc. During his scientific career, Levinson did research on different viruses, including adenovirus, retroviruses, and hepatitis B virus. His first virology paper came from his Ph.D. research with Arnold Levine, and is entitled “In vivo and in vitro phosphorylation of the adenovirus type 5 single strand-specific DNA-binding protein”. He moved to the University of California, San Francisco for postdoctoral work with Harold Varmus and Michael Bishop. There he published on the transforming gene of the retrovirus avian sarcoma virus. This PubMed search string will return Levinson’s publications on viruses, of which there are approximately 35. Levinson left virology to work at Genentech in 1980, but clearly could be called a bona fide virologist. Who would have known that Steve Jobs would be replaced by a virologist?

Thanks to Alice Telesnitsky for pointing out this story.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

steve jobsIn my 30-year career as a virologist I have used only computers made by Apple. Therefore I am saddened to hear of Mr. Jobs’ passing today.

From his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.