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Nils Christian Edgar Oker-Blom

academic administrator , virologist

Nils Christian Edgar OKER-BLOM, Finnish professor of virology. Award for Cancer Research 1960; Award and Medal 1981. IUBS Commission, of Biological; of several student and medical assens.


Oker-Blom, Nils Christian Edgar was born on August 5, 1919 in Helsinki, Finland. Son of Edgar Alexander and Zea Margit (Bergroth) O.-B.


Bachelor of Medicine, University Helsinki, 1941. Doctor of Medicine, University Helsinki, 1947. Doctor in Medicine, University Helsinki, 1948.

Doctor honoris causa, University Uppsala, Sweden, 1967.


Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Helsinki 1951-1957, Professor, of Virology and Head of Virology Department 1957-1983, Dean and Vice-Dean, Faculty of Medicine 1968-1971, Vice-Rector 1973-1978, Rector 1978-1983, Chancellor 1983-1988. Head of Municipal Bacteriological Laboratory, Helsinki 1951-1957. Vice-President European Association of Poliomyelitis and Allied Diseases 1969-1973.

Secretary Institute Association of Microbiological Societies, Virology Section 1970-1974. Vice-President Institute Union of Biological Sciences 1973-1975, President 1975-1979, Past President 1979-1982. Chairman Joint Committee of the Nordic Research Councils 1977-1980, Finnish Nominating Committee NIH.


  • Other Work

    • Editor immunology section Intervirology, since 1972. Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Member expert advisory panel on virus diseases World Health Organization, since 1964. Chairman Finnish nominating committee NaT. Institute Health, since 1980. Member advisory committee European Centre of Higher Education United Nations Educational, since 1982.

Served with Finnish military, 1939-1940, 41-44. Member New York Academy of Sciences, Royal Society Medicine, Society General Microbiology, Association des Epidemiologistes de langue francaise, Finnish Association Physicians, Finnish Pathology Association, International Union Biological Sciences (vice president 1973-1975, president 1976-1979, past president 1979-1982, committee for biological education 1982-1986), Committee for Arctic Arboviruses, Standing Conference Rectors, President and Vice-Chancellors of European Universities (ad personam member permanent committee 1978-1985).


  • Other Interests



Married Constance Victorine Nordenswan. Children: Teodora Marianne, Maximilian Bjarne Christian, Ernst Gustaf Christian.

Edgar Alexander O.-B.

Zea Margit (Bergroth) O.-B.

Constance Victorine Nordenswan

Teodora Marianne Oker-Blom

Maximilian Bjarne Christian Oker-Blom

Ernst Gustaf Christian Oker-Blom