Max Birnstiel#


Max Birnstiel
Sadly, this member passed away.
Email:maxbirnstiel 'at' bluewin.ch
Membership Number:21
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:SWITZERLAND
Section:BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Username:mbirnstiel
Elected:1988



Max Birnstiel passed away November 15, 2014.

Positions Held
  • 1998-2002 Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Intercell AG, Vienna
  • 1998- Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Intercell AG, Vienna
  • 1986-96 Director, the Boehringer Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria
  • 1983-90 Chairman of EMBO Council and Editor-in-Chief of EMBO Journal
  • 1976-83 Research Council, Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern
  • 1976-78 Commission Scientifique, Institut Suisse de Recherches Experimentales sur le Cancer (ISREC)
  • 1975-78 Fund comittee of EMBO
  • 1975-78 President of Section VI of the Naturforschenden Gesellschaft
  • 1975-78 President of the Union of Swiss Society of Experimental Biology (USGEB)
  • 1975-76 Advisory Committee of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • 1973-77 Executive Committee of the European Cell Biology Organization (ECBO)
  • 1972-86 Professor and Chairman of the Institute of Molecular Biology II, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1968-71 Commissione Scientifico, Laboratorio di Embriologia Moleculare, Napoli, Italia
  • 1963-72 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor (personal chair) at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1960-63 Postdoc at Caltech, Pasadena, USA, with Prof. James Bonner
  • 1952-59 Diploma in Physical Chemistry and Doctorate (Dr. sc. nat) in Botany at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich

Fields of Scholarship
  • Biochemistry

Honours and Awards
  • 1975-78 President of the Union of Swiss Society of Experimental Biology (USGEB)
  • 1975-78 President of Section VI of the Naturforschenden Gesellschaft
  • 1977 Dr. rer. nat. h.c., University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 1978 Dr. phil. h.c., University of Lund, Sweden
  • 1979 Otto Nägeli Prize, Switzerland
  • 1983 Foreign Associate of the US Academy of Sciences, Washington
  • 1984 Member of the Associazione di Biologia Cellulare e del Differentiamento, Milano, Italia
  • 1985 Corresponding Member of the Brasilian Academy of Sciences
  • 1986 Prof. h.c. phil., University of Zurich
  • 1987 Prof. h.c. (Molecular Biology), Science Faculty, Universitity of Vienna, Austria
  • 1987 Prof. h.c. (Molecular Biology), Medical Faculty, University of Vienna
  • 1987 Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Halle, Germany
  • 1988 Founding Member of the Academia Europea
  • 1989 Corresponding Member of the Medical Society, Vienna
  • 1989 Medal for Services to the City of Vienna
  • 1989 Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
  • 1991 Dr. rer. nat. h.c., University of Guelph, Canada
  • 1992 Founding Member of the European Working Group on Human Gene Transfer and Therapy, Paris
  • 1993 Real Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
  • 1993 Active Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York, USA
  • 1994 Wilhelm Exner Medal, Vienna
  • 1996 Dr. h.c., University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1996 Medal (Grosses Sibernes Ehrenzeichen) for Services rendered to the Republic of Austria, Vienna
  • 1997 Dr. h.c., Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Moscow, Russia
  • 2001 Corresponding Member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences


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