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Former Karolinska Institute chair Norrby set for March 14 lecture

Mar. 8, 2022, 2:22 PM


by Bill Snyder

Erling Norrby, MD, PhD

Erling Norrby, MD, PhD, a world authority on viruses and former chair at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, will deliver a lecture at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Monday, March 14, titled “Nobel Prizes — the Gene Concept and the Origin of Molecular Biology.”

Norrby’s lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in 202 Light Hall.

While at the Karolinska Institute, where he also served as dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Norrby was involved in the selection process for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 20 years.

Later, as permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, he had responsibility for the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry and served on the board of the Nobel Foundation.

Norrby is the author of four books about the Nobel Prizes and is working on a fifth, according to Jacek Hawiger, MD, PhD, Louise B. McGavock Professor and distinguished professor of Medicine, who is hosting his visit.

Currently, Norrby is at the Center for History of Science at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and is vice chair of the board of the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California.

For more information and to arrange a meeting with Norrby during his visit, contact Hawiger at

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