Harold Varmus becomes President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Harold Varmus enters Harvard University and graduates in English literature in 1962. However he want to study medecine again.

Harold Varmus returns to New York to work at the Weill-Cornell Medical College and the New York Genome Center.

Harold Varmus avoides beeing draftet into the army by working as a medical house officer at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital.

Harold Varmus joins Michael Bishop as a post-doctoral fellow at UC San Francisco. He ascends to the rank of a professor in 1979. Varmus frequently collaborates with Bishop and they focus on the bahaviour of retroviruses, especially their life cycle, the nature and origin of their transforming genes and their potential to cause genetic change.

Harold Varmus attends Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and focuses on basic medial science. He is particularly influenced by Harry Rose, Herbet Rosenkrantz and Paul Marks.

Harold Varmus and Michael Bishop are awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 for their discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes.

Harold Eliot Varmus was born in Long Island, NY to Beatrice Barasch and Frank Varmus in 1939 as the first of their two children. Three years later the family moves to Florida because Varmus's father is assigned to an Air Force Hospital. They stay there until early 1946.

Harold Varmus joins Ira Pastans's laboratory at the National Institutes of Health as a Clinical Associate. He collaborates with Bob Perlman and Benoit de Crombrugge and they study bacterial gene regulation by cyclic AMP. He further attends evening courses which stimulate his interest in molecular biology, specifically tumor virology.

Harold Varmus serves as the Director of the National Institutes of Health.

The public schools Harold Varmus attended are dominated by athletics and rarely stimulate him intellectually. He enjoyes outdoor activities and graduates from Freeport High school in 1957.

Harold Varmus enters Amherst College in 1957 to prepare himself for medical school. However his course of study shifts towards English literature. He graduates in 1961.

Harold Varmus marries Constance Louise Casey in 1969. They have two children.

Harold Varmus is appointed director of the National Cancer Institute.