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Research center executive , Virologist

Harald zur Hausen, German virologist, research center executive. Achievements include discovery of the causative role of papilloma viruses in cancer of the cervix which led to the development of a successful Human papillomavirus vaccine.

Background

Hausen, Harald zur was born on March 11, 1936 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Son of Eduard and Melanie zur Hausen.

Education

Doctor of Medicine, University Düsseldorf, Germany, 1960. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Chicago, 1984. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Umea, Sweden, 1992.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Charles University, Prague, 1994. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Salford, England, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Helsinki, Finland, 2000.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Erlangen, 2005. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Universität Würzburg, 2008.

Career

Research fellow Institute Hygiene & Microbiology, University Düsseldorf, 1962—1965. Research fellow division virology Children's Hospital Philadelphia, 1966-1969. Senior scientist Institute Virology, Universität Würzburg, Germany, 1969-1972.

Chairman, professor Institute Clinical Virology, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, 1972-1977, Institute Virology, University Freiburg, Germany, 1977-1983. Science director, chairman management board German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, 1983—2003, professor emeritus, since 2003. Council member International Union Against Cancer, Geneva, 1986—1994, board directors, since 2006.

Chairman Association National Research Centers, 1989—1991. Vice chairman Organization European Cancer Institutes, 1990—1993, president, 1993—1996. Member executive board Swiss Cancer Institute, Lausanne, 1990—1995.

Member science advisory board Imperial Cancer Research Center, London, 1994—1998, Vienna Science Research & Technology Fund, since 2007. Member governing council International Network Cancer Treatment & Research, Brussels, since 1999. Member health research council German Ministry of Science & Technology, 2003—2005.

Member international advisory committee French National Cancer Institute, Paris, since 2005, National Science & Technology Development Agency, Bangkok, since 2007.

Achievements

  • Achievements include discovery of the causative role of papilloma viruses in cancer of the cervix which led to the development of a successful Human papillomavirus vaccine.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Fellow: World Academy Arts & Sciences (honorary). Member: Academy Cancer Immunology, American Philosophical Society, Venezuelan National Academy Medicine, Polish Academy of Sciences (foreign), Academia Europaea (vice president 1991-1993), Human Genome Organization, German Academy Natural Sciences Leopoldina, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, European Molecular Biology Organization, Polish Society Dermatology (honorary), Japanese Cancer Society (honorary), South African Society Dermatology (honorary), Czechoslovak Society Microbiology (honorary), Hungarian Cancer Society (honorary), Italian Society Virology (honorary), German Society Virology (honorary), German Dermatological Society (honorary).

Connections

Married Ethel-Michele de Villiers. Children from previous marriage: Jan Dirk, Axel, Gerrit.

father:
Eduard Melanie

mother:
Melanie

spouse:
Ethel-Michele de Villiers