The Viktor Hamburger Lecture

Born in a small town in Silesia, Germany, Viktor Hamburger attended the Universities of Breslau, Heidelberg, Munich and Freiburg. At the University of Freiburg, he studied with the renowned biologist, Hans Spemann, Nobel Laureate. Professor Hamburger earned his doctoral degree in zoology (experimental embryology) at the University of Freiburg in 1925. The recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1932, Professor Hamburger came to the United States to study at the University of Chicago with Dr. Frank R. Lillie. In 1935 he joined the faculty of Washington University. Dr. Hamburger is known for his pioneering work in experimental embryology, neuroembryology and the study of programmed cell death, and his work on NGF with Rita Levi-Montalcine and Stanley Cohen. During his tenure at this Washington University, he served as Chairman of the Department of Zoology from 1941-1966. Professor Hamburger was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. Though he retired as professor emeritus in 1969, Dr. Hamburger continued his research until the mid-1980s. He passed away in 2001, just a few weeks short of his 101st birthday.

Past Hamburger Lecturers

2012 Ben Barres
2011 Pasko Rakic
2010 Gerald Rubin
2009 Sydney Brenner
2007 Denise Duboule
2006 David McClay
2005 Marianne Bronner-Fraser
2004 Eddy De Robertis
2003 Irving Weissman
2002 Gerd B. Mueller
2001 Carla Shatz
2000 Viktor Hamburger Centenary Symposium October 20, 2000
1999 Nicole Le Douarin
1998 Marc W. Kirschner
1997 Walter J. Gehring
1996 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
1995 Thomas M. Jessell
1994 Friedrich Bonhoeffer
1993 Lynn Landmesser
1992 Hans Thoenen
1991 Douglas A. Melton
1990 John B. Gurdon
1989 Corey Goodman
1987 W. Maxwell Cowan
1987 Stanley Cohen
1985 Hampton Carson
1984 Dale Purves
1983 Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch
1982 Howard Schneiderman
1980 Paul Greengard
1979 Rita Levi-Montalcini