George Klein, Hungarian-Swedish biologist, Died at 91


George Klein, Georg Klein or Klein György was born on July 28, 1925 and died on December 10, 2016.

He was a Hungarian-Swedish biologist.

He specialized in cancer research.

He also authored a dozen non-scientific books on a wide range of topics, of which several are collections of essays.

He started a tumor biology center at Karolinska Institute and made a connection there between the Epstein-Barr virus and lymphomas and other cancers.

Klein was awarded the $100,000 prize by the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation for pioneering work on cancer and the human immunity system.

Besides his scientific work, he wrote popular books of which three have been translated into English: The Atheist and the Holy City (1990) (Swedish: Ateisten och den heliga staden), Pietà (1992), a collection of essays on whether life is worth living, and Live Now (1997).

In 1947, after Klein settled in Sweden , he started spelling his first name Georg in Swedish and George in English.

George Klein passed away at 91 years old.