Charles Weissmann (1931), Switzerland

Charles Weissmann has been awarded the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 1982 for achievements in three areas: his studies on the replication of viruses, the development of reverse genetics and his contributions to the knowledge of gene expression in higher organisms, like man. 

19.jpgThe jury also noted that these achievements were produced in a biochemical career spanning less than twenty years and that it meets the highest standards of scientific quality without significant dips or lapses.


Charles Weissmann was born on 14th October, 1931 in Budapest, Hungary. Weissmann went to Zurich University and obtained his MD in 1956 and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1961. Weissmann has been director of the Institute for Molecular Biology in Zurich, President of the Roche Research Foundation and Member of the Scientific Coucil of Biogen.
Weissmann won several awards and was a member of the American Society of Biological Chemistry and the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina. He also became a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.