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Virology Division News Arch Virol (2004) 149: 2473–2474 DOI 10.1007/s00705-004-0428-2 Obituary In Memoriam Peter Hans Hofschneider (1929–2004) rof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Hans Hofschneider, P former director at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, died on July 23 at the age of 75. With him we lost one of the most important pioneers in German molecular biology and a major leader in the field of molecular medicine. Peter Hans Hofschneider was one of the first scientists to realize the potency of molecular biology in the study of disease mechanisms and for the development of novel diagnostic tools and specific therapeutics for major human diseases. Peter Hans Hofschneider obtained a Dr. Phil. from the University of Heidelberg and an M.D. from the University of Tubingen, ¨ Germany. After an education in clinical medicine in Zurich, Freiburg and Basel, he started a career as a basic scientist at the Max-Planck-Insitute of Biochemistry in Martinsried. He was one of the first to use modern molecular biology to study bacteriophages and subsequently animal viruses. In the early years of his scientific career, but still as a director at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Peter Hans Hofschneider was devoted to solving the structures and replication mechanisms of Archives of Virology Springer Journals

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