Harald zur Hausen

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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).