Zaitlin, retiree from Cornell University, is a distinguished virologist who specialized in virus replication and the investigation of virus mutants at the University of Missouri, University of Arizona, and Cornell University. He generated important new understanding, including the dispensability of virus coat protein for infection and symptom induction, virus uncoating, proteins and nucleic acids of replication, relationships between virus cell-to-cell movement and plant resistance, subgenomic RNA structure and function, the genetic map of TMV, and engineered resistance against viruses. Zaitlin was elected a fellow of APS in 1978 and received the APS Award of Distinction in 2006. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
(Submitted for publication in July 2008.)