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Biographical entry Edman, Pehr Victor (1916 - 1977)


14 April 1916
Stockholm, Sweden
19 March 1977
Munich, Germany
Medical scientist


Pehr Victor Edman worked in the area of protein biochemistry. He was educated at the Karolinska Institute where he remained for a year after graduating and then spent a long period of war service in the medical corps of the Swedish Army. Edman came to Australia in 1957 to work as Director of St Vincent's School of Medical Research, Melbourne and returned to Europe in 1972 as Director of Protein Chemistry I at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry.



Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) completed at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Med.Lic. completed at the Karolinska Institute
1946 - 1947
Career position - Scientists in the Northrop-Kunitz laboratory at the Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research in Princeton, USA
1947 - 1957
Career position - Associate Professor at the University of Lund, Sweden
1957 - 1972
Career position - Inaugural John Holt Director of Research at St Vincent's School of Medical Research in Melbourne
Life event - Granted Australian citizenship
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
Award - Britannica Australia Science Prize received
Award - Gold Medal of the Swedish Society of Physicians and Surgeons received
1972 - 1977
Career position - Director of Protein Chemistry I at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry
1974 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)

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  • Blomb├Ąck, Birger, 'Edman, Pehr Victor', in New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Koertge, Noretta, ed., vol. 2 , Charles Scribner's Sons, Detroit , 2008, pp. 347-353. Details
  • Morgan, F. J., 'Edman, Pehr Victor (1916-1977), Biochemist and Medical Researcher', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, pp. 78-79. Also available at Details

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