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Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Born: 30-Jul-1947
Birthplace: Paris, France

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Co-Discoverer of HIV

French virologist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008, for work conducted with her colleague and co-Nobel recipient Luc Montagnier in the early 1980s. The two scientists identified a retrovirus, later known as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), as the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). For years, Montagnier and Barré-Sinoussi's discovery of HIV was contested by American researcher Robert C. Gallo, who discovered the same retrovirus independently, but the Nobel Committee made no mention of Gallo. Montagnier and Barré-Sinoussi shared their Nobel honors with Harald zur Hausen.

Father: Roger Sinoussi (surveyor)
Mother: Jeanine Fau
Husband: Jean-Claude Barré (m. 7-Oct-1978)

    University: PhD, Pasteur Institute, Garches, France (1975)
    Scholar: National Cancer Institute (1975)
    Administrator: Director of Research, National Institute of Health and Medical Research (1986-)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 2008 (with Luc Montagnier and Harald zur Hausen)
    National Institutes of Health (1975-)
    Women in Technology International Hall of Fame 2006
    King Faisal Prize for Medicine 1993
    Körber Prize 1986
    World Health Organization

Author of books:
Le SIDA en Questions (AIDS Issues) (1987, with Jean-Claude Chermann and Willy Rozenbaum)

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