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André Michel Lwoff

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Nationality  French
Name  Andre Lwoff
Known for  Provirus
Alma mater  Institute Pasteur
Fields  Microbiology

Andre Michel Lwoff

Born  8 May 1902 Ainay-le-Chateau (1902-05-08)
Died  30 September 1994(1994-09-30) (aged 92) Paris, France
Notable awards  Nobel Prize in Medicine (1965) Leeuwenhoek Medal (1960)

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André Michel Lwoff (8 May 1902 – 30 September 1994) was a French microbiologist.


Education, early life and career

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Lwoff was born in Ainay-le-Château, Allier, in Auvergne, France, the son of Marie (Siminovitch), an artist, and Solomon Lwoff, a psychiatrist. He joined the Institute Pasteur in Paris when he was 19 years old. In 1932, he finished his PhD and, with the help of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, moved to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Medical Research of Heidelberg to Otto Meyerhof, where he did research on the development of flagellates. Another Rockefeller grant allowed him go to the University of Cambridge in 1937. In 1938, he was appointed departmental head at the Institut Pasteur, where he did groundbreaking research on bacteriophages, microbiota and on the poliovirus.

Awards and honors

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He was awarded numerous prizes from the French Académie des Sciences, the Grand Prix Charles-Leopold Mayer, the Leeuwenhoek Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1960 and the Keilin Medal of the British Biochemical Society in 1964. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1965 for the discovery of the mechanism that some viruses (which he named proviruses) use to infect bacteria. Throughout his career he partnered with his wife Marguerite Lwoff although he gained considerably more recognition. Lwoff was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1958.

Personal life

Lwoff was a humanist against capital punishment.


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