Harald zur Hausen studied medicine from 1955-60. After two
years of medical internship, he received the license to practice medicine.
Subsequently, he went into research and worked in Düsseldorf, Philadelphia, and
Würzburg for about 3 ½ years, respectively.
In 1972, he was appointed as
founding Director of the Institute of Virology at the University of Erlangen
and moved 5 years later to a similar position at the University of Freiburg
from 1983-2003. He was Director of the German Cancer Research Center in
Heidelberg. In 2008, he has been awarded with the Nobel Price for Physiology or
Medicine for the discovery of specific human papillomavirus types and their
role in cervical cancer. He heads a Division at the Heidelberg Cancer Research
Center (until Jan. 2018).