Gustav Nossal

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Gustav Nossal (2007)

Sir Gustav Victor Joseph Nossal (born June 4, 1931 in Bad Ischl ) is an Australian immunologist .

After the annexation of Austria , his family moved to Australia. Nossal studied medicine at the University of Sydney and then worked with Nobel Prize winner Frank Macfarlane Burnet . He was able to confirm his theory of antibody formation and was his successor as director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in 1965, which he remained until 1996. He was also Professor of Medical Biology at the University of Melbourne .

In 1996 he was one of the founders of the research company Foursight .

In 1970 he received the Emil von Behring Prize , in 1977 he was knighted as a Knight Bachelor , in 1996 he received the Robert Koch Medal and in 2000 he was named Australian of the Year . Nossal is Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Companion of the Order of Australia . In 1990 he received the Albert Einstein World Award of Science . He is a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences , of which he was President from 1994 to 1998, and a member of the Royal Society . In 1974 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , in 1979 to the National Academy of Sciences . In 1989 he was elected a member of the Académie des Sciences . Since 1997 he has been an honorary member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences .


  • Gustav Nossal: Diversity and Discovery: The History of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute 1965–1996. ISBN 978-0-522-85117-5
  • Gustav Nossal: The immune system , in spectrum of science special: The immune system, 3rd edition 2001

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