Authorised form of nameMilstein; Cesar (1927 - 2002)
Dates1927 - 2002
Dates and placesBirth:
Bahia Blanca, Argentina (08 October 1927)
Cambridge, England (24 March 2002)
Colegio Nacional, Bahia Blanca (1939-1944); read Chemistry at University of Buenos Aires (1945 - 1952); part time clinical analyst at Laboratories Liebeschutz (1950 - 1956); completed doctoral thesis on kinetic analysis of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase under Professor Andres Stoppani (1952-1957)
Staff at Insituto Nacional de Microbiologia, Buenos Aires (1957 - 1963), leave of absence (1958-1961); British Council fellowship to Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge University, worked with Malcolm Dixon (1958-1960); completed a second doctorate on the enzyme phosphoglucomutase at Cambridge University (1960); scientific staff of Medical Research Council at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge (1960 - 1961); returned to head the Division of Molecular Biology at Insituto Nacional de Microbiologia, Buenos Aires (1961-1963); following military coup in Argentina returned to Cambridge to work with Fred Sanger at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (1963); Head of Subdivision of Protein Chemistry Division at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (1969-1980); member of Governing Board, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology; Head of Subdivision of Molecular Immunobiology at MRCLaboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (1980); Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge (1981-1995); head of Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry Division at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (1981 -1993); awarded Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovery of method for manufacture of monoclonal antibodies (hybridoma technique) with Georges Kohler and Niels Kaj Jerne (1984); deputy director of MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (1988 - 1995); retired (active) scientist attached to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (1995 - 2002); honorary titles include Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad del Sur, Argentina (1986), Doctor in Science, Honoris Causa University of Helsinki, Finland (1994), Honorary Professor of the School of Medicine, Buenos Aires (1995), Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad de Vigo, Spain (1999), Honorary Doctor of Science, Cambridge University (1999); prizes awarded include Prize Herrero Doucloux of the Associacion Quimica Argentina (1957), Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), CIBA Medal and Prize (1978), Lewis S Rosenstiel Award, Brandeis University (1979), Avery Landsteiner Prize, Society for Immunology (1979), VD Mattia Lectureship Award, Roche Institute (1979), Adolph Rosenberg Award, University of Miami (1980), Wolf Prize in Medicine, Wolf Foundation, Israel (1980); Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, Columbia University (1980); Robert Koch Prize and Medal, Germany (1980), Madonnina Award, Fonazione Carlo Erba, Milan (1981), William Bate Hardy Prize, Cambridge Philosophical Society (1981), Jiminez Diaz Memorial Award, Fundacion Concita Rabago de Jiminez Diaz, Spain (1981), General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Sloan Prize (1981), Gairdner Foundation Annual Award (1981), David Pressman Memorial Award, USA (1982), Biochemical Analysis Prize, German Society for Clinical Chemistry (1982), Karl Landsteiner Award, American Association of Blood Banks (1982), XI International Congress of Allergology and Clinical Immunology Award (1982), Rabbi Shai Shacknai Memorial Prize, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1982), Philip Levine Award, American Society of Clinical Pathologists (1982), Frankline Medal, Franklin Institute, USA (1983), Mallinkrodt Award for Investigative Research, Clinical Ligand Assay Society, USA (1983), Carlos J Finlay Prize for Meritorious Work in Microbiology (1983), UNESCO Commonwealth Award in Science (1983), Sigma XI Scientific Research Society, USA (1983), Dale Medal, Society for Endocrinology (1984), Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation (1984), John Scott Medal, Board of Directors of City Trusts, Philadelphia, USA (1984), Galen Medal, the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries (1985), Walker Prize, Royal College of Surgeons of England (1986), National Biotechnology Ventures Award (1990), Konex de Brillante Award, Argentina (1993), Award for Excellence in Research in Immunobiology, Duke University, USA (1996), Gold Medal of the Real Academia de Medicina Murcia (1996), Orden de Mayo, Argentina (1999), MRC Millennium Medal (2000), Presidential Medal of Merit for Scientific Excellence, Argentina (2000)
CH 1995
Scandinavian Immunological Societies (Honorary Member, 1970); European Molecular Biology Organisation (Member, 1974); National Academy of Sciences, USA (Foreign Associate, 1981); Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (Honorary Fellow, 1982); Royal College of Physicians (Honorary Fellow, 1983); American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Foreign Honorary Member, 1983); Third World Academy of Sciences (Founding Fellow, 1983)
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (Member, 1983); Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales, Madrid (Academico Correspondiente Extranjero, 1984); Sociedad de Medicina Interna de Bahia Blanca (Honorary Member, 1985); British Society for Immunology (Honorary Member, 1985); Associacion Argentina de Alergia e Immunologia (Honorary Member, 1985); Academy of Medicine of Buenos Aires (National Honorary Member, 1986); International Society of Haematology (Honorary Fellow, 1986); Royal College of Pathologists (Honorary Fellow, 1987); Associacion Medica de Bahia Blanca (Honorary Member, 1987); National Academy of Sciences of Argentina (Honorary Fellow, 1988); Sociedad Cientifica Argentina (Honorary Member, 1988); Tissue Culture Association, USA (Honorary Member, 1991); Royal Society of Medicine (Honorary Fellow, 1992); Associacion Quimica Argentina (Socio Honorario, 1992); Darwin College, Cambridge (Emeritus Fellow, 1995); Section of Pathology, The Royal Society of Medicine (Honorary Member, 1995); Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) (Honorary Fellow, 2000); Darwin College, Cambridge (Honorary Fellow, 2000); Academia de Ciencias de America Latina (Corresponding Member, 2000)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Royal Medal 1982; Copley Medal 1989; Nobel Prize (Physiology or Medicine) 1984
Wellcome Foundation 1980; Croonian 1989
RelationshipsMarried (1953) Celia Prillettensky, an immunologist
Papers catalogued by the National Cataloguing Unit of Contemporary Scientists ref. NCUACS 146/3/05, 203 pages. Deposited in Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge
Obituaries in The Times, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian March - April 2002
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2005 vol 51 pp 267-289, plate, by Michael S Neuberger FRS and Brigitte A Askonas FRS
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA4598
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Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1975/21Milstein, Cesar: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/GA/RGRS/7953Milstein, César1977
IM/003112Milstein, César and Todd, Alexander Robertus8 October 1980
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