Professor Emeritus Georg Klein passes away aged 91
George Klein, with his
wife Eva discovered foundational phenomena in cancer research. He
showed that normal cells carry genes, now known as tumour suppressors,
that prevent cancer. He also worked out how the immune system comes to
recognize and eliminate cancer cells.
Klein, who died on 10 December at the age of 91, had a youth filled with daring and peril. From a Hungarian–Jewish family, he escaped being sent to a Nazi labour camp and from Russian patrols during the Second World War. He began medical studies in Budapest at the end of the war. In 1947, against all odds, a well-connected colleague arranged for Klein and a few other students to visit universities in Sweden. He was offered a place in the laboratory of the renowned cell biologist Torbjörn Caspersson at the Karolinska Institute.
Ingemar Ernberg, Klas Kärre & Hans Wigzell
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About The George and Eva Klein Foundation
We began to understand the origin and development of cancer diseases in the 1950s when it became clear that the genetic make-up of cells, the genome, consists of DNA. Georg and Eva Klein were among the first to probe the topic and their research was soon to receive international attention. The working spouses, Eva and Georg Klein, led the work of the Department of Tumor Biology at Karolinska Institutet for nearly 40 years. During this time, some one hundred researchers have received doctorates under their supervision, many of which – including the former KI President, Hans Wigzell – have achieved top positions in international cancer research. Several hundred visiting scientists from abroad have also turned to Georg and Eva for their postgraduate education.
The Georg and Eva Klein Foundation was established by scientists at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC) at Karolinska Institutet in conjunction with the Kleins' 80th birthdays in 2005.
The purpose of the Foundation is to “Support medical research in the spirit of Georg and Eva Klein”. The Foundation gathers the resources needed to support research in immunology, cell biology, infectious diseases and cancer.
Georg Klein recieved a grant for 340 000 USD from The Cancer Research Institute and The Concern Foundation, both located in the U.S.A. 16 people have recieved either a full stipendium or a stipendium for a limited period from these sources.
Georgs latest book is entitled "Resistens" published 2015 and he has also published "Jag återvänder aldrig" June 2011 and "Nya tankar om kreativitet och flow" 2012. In 2014 Georg's book " Meteorer" was translated to Hunngarian by Lázsló Kúnos and renamed "Üstökösök"
Georg Kleins books are available on adlibris.com