Erling Norrby
Secretary General
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Erling C.J. Norrby has been secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the institution that annually awards Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, and economics, since 1997. For nearly 40 years prior to that, he was associated with the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, where he was a researcher, professor, department chair, dean of the medical faculty, and a member of the institute’s Nobel Committee, which receives and submits proposals for prize candidates in the field of physiology or medicine.

Born in Stockholm, Norrby first took a position in the Department of Viral Research at the Karolinska Institute in 1959. He earned his medical degree from the institute in 1963 and the equivalent of a Ph.D. five months later. In 1972 he was named professor and chair of the Department of Virology at the institute, becoming dean of the medical faculty in 1990. Norrby has been a longtime member of the Swedish Cancer Society (1966-1985), an adviser to the World Health Organization (1975-1995), and an editor or advisory board member for a number of professional journals in the fields of virology and immunology. He currently is a member of the scientific council of the Paul Ehrlich Foundation (1990- ) and one of seven directors on the board of the Nobel Foundation (1997- ).

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