Awards & Winners

Christian de Duve

Date of Birth 02-October-1917
Place of Birth Thames Ditton
(United Kingdom)
Nationality Belgium
Also know as Christian René de Duve, Christian De Duve
Profession Scientist
Christian René, viscount de Duve was a Nobel Prize-winning Belgian cytologist and biochemist. He was born in Thames Ditton, Surrey, Great Britain, as a son of Belgian refugees during the First World War. They returned to Belgium in 1920. He was the Founding President of the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science. He made serendipitous discoveries of two eukaryotic organelles, peroxisome and lysosome, for which he shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1974 with Albert Claude and George E. Palade. He was a multilingual, able to speak English, French, German, and Flemish, and the skill which once saved his life. He died at his chosen time on 4 May 2013 by self-induced euthanasia in the presence of all of his children.

Awards by Christian de Duve

Check all the awards nominated and won by Christian de Duve.


Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
(for their discoveries concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For the discovery of Iysosomes. These are membrane bound subcellular particles containing hydrolytic enzymes and other biologically active substances. He isolated the characterized Iysosomes chemically and ultrastructurally. These subcellular particles play an important role in physiological and pathological processes. Their discovery has led to a better understanding of many disease processes and has opened innumerable new avenues of research.)