Nobel Prize winners

Several Belgian Nobel Prize winners were closely tied to the formerNational Fund for Scientific Research.

Jules Bordet (1870-1961) received the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1919 for his contributions to the teaching of immunology. From 1900, he headed the Pasteur Institute Brabant and he lectured at the Free University of Brussels. He served on the first Board of Trustees of the NFWO.

Corneille Heymans (1892-1968) received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1938 as a result of his discoveries in connection with the regulation of blood pressure and the oxygen levels in blood. He lectured at the Ghent University and served as member of the Board of Trustees and committee member for the NFWO.

Christian De Duve (1917) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1974 for his description of the structure and function of organelles in biological cells. He received the prize together with his countryman Albert Claude and the Romanian-American cell biologist George Emil Palade. De Duve was connected to the Université Catholique de Louvain and to various universities and scientific organisations abroad. He served as board and committee member for the NFWO. Albert Claude (1898-1983) was affiliated with the Free University of Brussels and other foreign institutions. He was active as committee member for the NFWO.

Ilya Prigogine (1917-2003) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1977 as recognition for his contribution to the thermodynamics of non-equilibrium processes. He lectured at the Free University of Brussels and was both board member and committee member for the NFWO.