Grant & Award

- Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2008 awarded to Professors Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier, October 6, 2008 - The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2008 to Professors Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier for their discovery of the human immunodeficiency (AIDS) virus in 1983 at the Institut Pasteur, and to Prof. Harald zur Hausen for his discovery of the human papillomavirus, which is responsible for cervical cancer.

Read Nobel Foundation’s press release.


Read Institut Pasteur’s press release.


Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2008. Copyright © Institut Pasteur 2008


Luc Montagnier at a press conference at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, 7 October 2008. Copyright © UNESCO 2008 Photo: Michel Ravassard