The scientist Baruch Blumberg, Nobel Prize in medicine in 1976 for discovering the hepatitis B virus and first director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, has died at 85 years of age, as a result of a heart attack, the space agency said in a statement.

Apparently, Blumberg suffered a heart attack on Tuesday, April 5, while attending a conference on lunar research at the NASA Ames Research Center, in Moffett Filed, California.

The scientist, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1976 for discovering the hepatitis B virus and later the vaccine for the disease, shared his award with Dr. Carleton Gajdusek for his work on the origin and spread of viral infectious diseases.

Daniel Goldin, who was director of NASA between 1992 and 2001, and was a personal friend of the scientist, regretted his loss and assured that Blumberg "He has saved lives through his research on the hepatitis B virus".

People With Chronic Hepatitis B Often Do Not Know It (November 2019).