Peter H. Duesberg

Peter Duesberg

Peter H. Duesberg Ph.D. is a Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1968-1970 he demonstrated that influenza virus has a segmented genome. This would explain its unique ability to form recombinants by reassortment of subgenomic segments. He isolated the first cancer gene through his work on retroviruses in 1970, and mapped the genetic structure of these viruses. This, and his subsequent work in the same field, resulted in his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1986. He is also the recipient of a seven-year Outstanding Investigator Grant from the National Institutes of Health. On the basis of his experience with retroviruses, Duesberg has challenged the virus-AIDS hypothesis in the pages of such journals as Cancer Research, Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, Nature, Journal of AIDS, AIDS Forschung, Biomedicine and Pharmacotherpeutics, New England Journal of Medicine and Research in Immunology. He has instead proposed the hypothesis that the various AIDS diseases are bought on by the long-term consumption of recreational drugs and AZT, which is prescribed to prevent or treat AIDS.

Born: December 2nd 1936

Birthplace: Germany

Parents: Mother: Hilde Saettele, MD., Father: Richard Duesberg, Prof. of Internal Medicine.


University of Wurzburg, Germany

1956-1958: Vordiplom (Chemistry)

University of Basel, Switzerland


University of Munich, Germany

1959-1961: Diplom (Chemistry)

University of Frankfurt, Germany

1961-1963: Ph.D. (Chemistry)

Research & Professional Experience:

Max Planck Institute for Virus Research, Tubingen Germany

1963: postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Molecular Biology and Virus Laboratory; since 1959 Dept. of Molecular & Cell Biology University of California, Berkeley CA

1964: Assistant research Virologist and Postdoctoral Fellow

1968: Assistant Professor in Residence and Research Biochemist

1970: Assistant Professor

1971: Associate Professor

1973 to present Professor


1969: Merck Award

1971: California Scientist of the Year Award

1981: First Annual American Medical Centre Oncology Award

1986: Outstanding Investigator Award National Institute of Health

1986: Elected National Academy of Sciences

1986-1987: Fogarty Scholar-in-Residence at the National Institutes of Health Bethesda MD

1988: Wissenschaftspreis, Hannover Germany

1988: Lichtfield Lecturer, Oxford England

1990: C.J. Watson Lecturer, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis MN

1992: Fisher Distinguished Professor, University of North Texas, Denton TX

1992: Shaffer Alumni Lecturer, Tulane University, New Orleans LA