Obituary Virology Division News 1267 Arch Virol 145/6 (2000) Virology Division News VDN In Memoriam Werner Schäfer erner Schäfer, former Director of the Max- Planck-Institut für Virusforschung in Tübingen, th Germany, died on April 25 this year at the age of 88. He was, and still remains, one of the most distin- guished pioneers of animal virology. He was fascinated by the close relationship between the structures and functions of viruses, and has contributed in considera- Werner Schäfer (1912–2000) ble measure to present day knowledge in this field. He adopted a research method that consisted of a series of consequent steps built around a basic concept and applied it to all the virus types he studied. The structural characterization of isolated virus particles and the components that play a part in their construction, as well as the resulting analysis of their functions, have enabled a deeper insight into the nature of viruses. He was highly regarded worldwide for his studies on fowl plague virus (FPV), Newcastle disease virus, and mouse encephalomyocarditis virus, as well as RNA tumor viruses. In particular, FPV proved to be an excellent paradigm for the study of structural and functional relationships in enveloped viruses and served Archives of Virology Springer Journals


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