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November 16, 1984

Antibody studies claim awards spotlight

JAMA. 1984;252(19):2673-2674. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350190003002

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Five men—two of whom are physicians—received Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards this week. Two of the five recipients also will receive this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

The two Lasker Award recipients who also will become Nobel laureates are:

Georges J. F. Köhler, PhD, 38, a native of West Germany who has been on the staff of the Basel (Switzerland) Institute for Immunology since 1976. He becomes one of three directors of the Max Planck Institute for Immune Biology, Freiburg, West Germany, later this year. He received his doctorate in biology from the University of Freiburg in 1974, then spent two years at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England, with César Milstein, PhD (see below), where—according to the Lasker Award citation—the two researchers developed "the first hybridoma and monoclonal antibody technology."

César Milstein, PhD, 57, was born in Argentina, received his doctorate from Cambridge University in 1960,