December 10, 1934–February 9, 1994
BY BILL SUGDEN
HOWARD TEMIN LOVED knowledge, its acquisition, and its sharing. He pursued research where the logic of his experiments led him, independently of the scientific community’s initial skepticism toward his findings. He applied his expertise to improve public health policy to minimize smoking and to maximize benefits from research on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
This recounting of Howard Temin’s scientific career reflects my appreciation of his work as a tumor virologist. We shared lunch on Tuesdays for 20 years and gradually grew to be friends. Howard classified himself as a virologist and taught his students to be virologists. He taught the prominent course on animal virology on the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus for 30 years. (I filled in for him when I first came to the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research while he traveled to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize. Typically, he insisted that I give several lectures before he left so that he could gauge whether I could lecture adequately and to coach me. I passed his test and I teach that course today.)
During the first week I was in McArdle, Howard invited me to have lunch with him, Paul Kaesberg, and Roland Rueckert. These lunches were squeezed in for one-half hour before the weekly seminar on tumor virology—a training