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Any Nobel Prize winners from York County, Pa? Here’s one.

This blog has reported a recent Pulitzer Prize winner with York County roots to go along with a couple from the past.
It has reported on at least three Rhodes scholars with York County links.
Which leads to the question.
Are there any Nobel Prize winners from York County? …

A web search brought at least one: John Michael Bishop – J. Michael Bishop.
The scientist, working with another researcher, won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1989 for advances in cancer research. The Gettysburg College graduate recently retired as chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco.
His autobiography from UCSF’s Web site does not provide particulars about his education in York County.
It began:

“My youth held little forecast of a career in biomedical research. I was born on February 22, 1936, in York, Pennsylvania, and spent my childhood in a rural area on the west bank of the Susquehanna River. Those years were pastoral in two regards: I saw little of metropolitan life until I was past the age of twenty-one; and my youth was permeated with the concerns of my father’s occupation as a Lutheran minister, tending to two small parishes. My most tangible legacy from then is a passion for music, sired by the liturgy of the church, fostered by my parents through piano, organ, and vocal lessons. I am deeply grateful for the legacy, albeit apostate from the church.
I obtained eight years of elementary education in a two-room school, where I encountered a stern but engaging teacher who awakened my intellect with instruction that would seem rigorous today in many colleges.”

An Oct. 10, 1989, story in the York Daily Record reported that Bishop lived in Goldsboro until he was 14, where his father was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church.
Also of interest: Add another achiever to the list of York countians with impressive resumes.