The historical development of modern virus research in Germany, especially in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-/Max-Planck-Society, 1936–1954
This is lecture on the historical development of modern virus research in Germany to introduce a symposium dedicated to Prof. Werner Schäfer, Tübingen, on the occasion of his 65th birthday. The author was set the task of relating from his memories the beginning of modern virus research in Germany. This research has, since 1936, essentially taken place in the Kaiser-Wilhelm/Max-Planck-Society and in 1954 led to the founding of the Max-Planck-Institute for Virus Research in Tübingen, an institute which to the present day owes its scientific reputation in considerable part to the activity of Werner Schäfer. Since the author personally experienced and participated in the Institute's development from 1936–1954, his remarks are predominantly influenced by personal recollections, which have been sharpended by a renewed study of old records in the ’Library and Archive of the History of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft’, Berlin-Dahlem.
KeywordsHistorical Development 65th Birthday Considerable Part Virus Research Scientific Reputation
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