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Biographical entry Gottschalk, Alfred (1894 - 1973)


22 April 1894
Aachen, Germany
4 October 1973
Tübingen, Germany


Alfred Gottschalk was Professor at the Max Planck Institute of Virus Research, Germany 1963-1968. He was a research biochemist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 1939-1959 and a Fellow at the Australian National University 1959-1963. His studies of the action of viral enzymes on muco-proteins clarified knowledge of the carbohydrate moiety of the glyco-proteins and later work also made important contributions to both protein chemistry and virology.


Born Aachen, Germany, 22 April 1894. Died Tübingen, West Germany, 4 October 1973. Educated Universities of Munich, Freiberg and Bonn (MD, Bonn 1920). DSc, University of Melbourne 1949. Postgraduate studies in biochemistry, Universities of Frankfurt (Main) and Würzburg 1920-22; Associate, Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Biochemistry, Berlin-Dahlem 1923-26; director, Biochemical Department, Stettin General Hospital 1926-35; private medical practice 1935-39; Research Biochemist, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 1939-59; part-time instructor in organic chemistry and biochemistry, Melbourne Technical College 1942-48; part-time lecturer in biochemistry, University of Melbourne from 1949; Honorary Fellow, Australian National University 1959-63; Max-Planck-Institute of Virus Research, Tübingen from 1963; Honorary Professor, University of Tübingen from 1966. David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne 1949; Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1951; Fellow, Royal Institute of Chemistry 1951; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1954; H.G. Smith Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute 1954; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 1966.

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  • Alfred Gottschalk - Records, 1894 - 1973, MS 080; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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  • Trikojus, V. M., 'Alfred Gottschalk', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 3, no. 1, 1975, pp. 52-74. Details

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