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Max Marcel Burger, Swiss biochemist. Decorated Order of Merit 1st Class, Federal Republic Germany, 2005; recipient Waksman medal, 1971, Otto Naegeli prize, 1975, Cancer prize Swiss Cancer League, 1999; Helen Hay Whitney fellow, 1964-1966.


Burger, Max Marcel was born on July 8, 1933 in Zurich, Switzerland. Son of Joseph and Olga (Humbel) Burger. came to the United States, 1960, naturalized, 1966.


Doctor of Medicine, University Zurich, 1959; Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, Washington University, St. Louis, 1964.


Intern hospitals, Paris and Zurich, 1957-1959. Instructor biochemistry Washington University, 1964-1965. Member faculty Princeton University, 1965-1972, professor biochemistry science, 1971-1972, member advisory council, 1972—2003.

Professor biochemistry University Basel, Switzerland, 1972—2004. Chairman Biocenter University Basel, Switzerland, 1973-1978. Director Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, 1986—2000.

Vice Chairman to chairman Novartis Science Board, since 1999. Corp member Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, since 1966. Member study sections National Institutes of Health, 1968—1972.

Member fellwship panels National Science Foundation, 1968—1972. Member Roche Research Foundation, 1975—2001. Member, vice president Swiss National Research Council, 1975—1991.

Advisory Germany Ministry of Science & Israeli National Reserve Council Research and Development, 1978—2008. Director Chemical Industries Basel-GEIGY, Inc., 1980—1996. Chairman National Medical and National Biological Research Council, 1981—1984.

Member Gen Motors Cancer Research Foundation, 1982—1984. Member executive council European Medical Reserve Council, 1984—1985. Member science advisory board Institute Pasteur, Paris, 1991—1999.

Vice president board directors Oxford Glyco Sciences (United Kingdom) Ltd., 1995—2003. Chairman board directors Novartis Agriculture Discovery Institute, Inc., La Jolla, California, 1998—2000. Board directors Genomics Institute of Novartis Foundation, Inc., La Jolla, since 1998.

Board trustees Germany Rheuma Reserve Center, Berlin, since 2005. Chairman board directors 4Ab Inc. Basel and Jena, since 2004.

With Swiss Army, 1952-1988.


Honorary foreign member American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1988. Founding member Senate Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren, Berlin, 1995—2008. Member science committee DKFZ, Heidelberg, 1993—2002.

Member of Academia Europaea, International Cancer Foundation (chairman 1998—2003), International Union Against Cancer (council 1978-1982, executive council 1982-1998), International Union Biophysics (chairman commission membrane and cell biophysics 1975-1980), Swiss Academy Medical Science (honorary), Precolumbian Collectors Club, Swiss Academy Ski Club.


Married Monique Sautter, July 22, 1961 (divorced 1984). Children— Christina, Maya, Catherine, Elizabeth.

Joseph Burger

Olga (Humbel) Burger

Monique Sautter

Elizabeth Burger

Catherine Burger

Maya Burger

Christina Burger