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
Published: Dec 1, 2004
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