De Duve, Christian René

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De Duve, Christian René


Born Oct. 2, 1917, in Thames-Ditton, England. Belgian biochemist; member of the Royal Academy of Medicine and the Belgian Academy of Sciences. Graduated from the University of Louvain in 1941; he received his doctorate there in 1946 and taught from 1947 to 1951. In 1951 he became a professor at the university, and since 1962 he has been a professor at Rockefeller University in New York.

De Duve’s work is on the biochemistry of glucagon and of insulin, which is used mainly as a medicinal preparation for treating sugar diabetes. He discovered lysosomes, which are intracellular formations containing various enzymes necessary for destruction and renewal of cell structures.


Glucose, insuline et diabete. Paris, 1945.
In Russian translation:
“Lizosoma.” In Struktura ifunktsiia kletki. Edited by G. M. Frank. Moscow, 1964. Pages 90–103.