Doctor of Medicine, University Milan, 1951; Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Autonomous University Madrid, 1984; Doctor of Medicine (honorary), University Nice, France, 1999; Doctor of Medicine (honorary), University Copenhagen, 1999.
Assistant and then oberassistent department biochemistry University Zurich, Switzerland, 1956—1964, with Switzerland, 1961-1964, assistant professor Switzerland, 1964-1969. Professor biochemistry Federal Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich, 1969-1995, dean Faculty Natural Sciences, 1980-1982. Professor biochemistry University Milan Medical School, 1995—2003.
Visiting professor Chicago Medical School, 1965, University Padua, 1985-1986, University Parma, 1987-1988, University Rome, 1988-1989. Professor general physiology University Milan, 1967-1969. Chairman science and society committee, Federal European Bio-chemical Society, 2008-2010.
Contributor articles to science journals. Managing editor Federation European Bio-chemical Societies Letters, 1985-1999, honorary chairman editorial board, since 2002. Editor: Of Oxygen, Fuels, and Living Matter, 1981.Editor, co-editor 11 vols. Of personal recollections in comprehensive biochemistry series.
Member Italian Society Experimental Biology (honorary), Spanish Bio-chemical Society (honorary), Swiss Society Bio-chemical, Italian Society Bio-chemical, American Society Cellular Biology, New York Academy of Sciences, Ist Lomb Academy of Sciences and Letters, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (foreign member).
Married Berit Anderson Semenza, May 30, 1958 (deceased February 13, 2005). Children: Christina, Jan C., André.