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microbiologist , Science administrator

Lennart Carl Philipson, Swedish microbiologist, science administrator. Recipient Axel Hirsch prize Karolinska Institute, 1976, Björkén Prize, 1999, Fernstrom Nordic Prize, 2003, Large Gold medal, Royal academy Engineering Scis; honorary professor science faculty, Heidelberg University, Federal Republican Germany, 1985; foreign associate United States National Academy of Sciences, Washington, 1992.


Philipson, Lennart Carl was born on July 16, 1929 in Stockholm. Son of Carl and Greta (Svanström) Philipson.


Doctor of Medicine, Uppsala (Sweden) University, 1957. Doctor in Medical Sciences, Uppsala (Sweden) University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Uppsala (Sweden) University, 1982.

Doctor Medical (honorary), Uppsala (Sweden) University, 1999.


Research assistant Institute Bacteriology Uppsala University, 1953-1957, research assistant Institute Biochemistry, 1957-1958, assistant professor Institute Virology, 1958-1959. Sophie Fricke fellow Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences Rockefeller Institute, New York City, 1959-1961. From assistant to associate professor virology, Swedish Medical Research Council Uppsala University, 1961-1968, founder, director, The Wallenberg Laboratory, 1967-1976, professor microbiology, department microbiology, 1968-1982.

Director general European Molecular Biology Laboratory, 1982-1993. Director Skirball Institute Biomolecular Medicine, New York University Medical Center, New York City, 1993-1997. Professor emeritus Karolinska Institute, Sweden, since 1998.

Visiting professor Columbia University, 1971, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977.


Fellow American Academy Microbiology. Member Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Sciences, Foreign Academician Academy Finland, European Molecular Biology Organization, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, Society for General Microbiology, New York Academy of Sciences, Swedish Society for Microbiology, Federation of European Bio-chemical Societies, Harvey Society (New York ).


  • Other Interests

    Golf, sailing.


Married Malin Jondal, 1954. Children: Niklas, Andreas, Tomas.

Carl Philipson

Greta (Svanström) Philipson

Malin Jondal

Niklas Philipson

Andreas Philipson

Tomas Philipson