May 29, 2018

Great honour for former MPI Director Prof. Dr. Roger Goody

The former Max Planck Director Prof. Dr. Roger Goody became a Fellow of the Royal Society – the prestigious British Academy of Sciences. The Royal Society honours his extraordinary scientific work. Roger Goody contributed to a better insight into the mechanisms of cancer and viral diseases, especially AIDS. His findings laid the foundation for the development of therapeutic measures against this disease.

The Royal Society was founded in 1660 as a Society for Improving Natural Knowledge. Since than more than 270 Society Fellows from all disciplines have been awarded with the Nobel Price, including some of the world’s most eminent natural scientists, e.g Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. The selection process as well as the membership approval process are very complex and challenging.

Nowadays, the Royal Society stands for the support of scientific excellence and international cooperation. It also represents a platform for discussing important social topics as well as for the communication between science and the public.

„I am delighted with this honour. I have had the privilege of working in outstanding scientific institutes with outreaching colleagues, employees and students. Sincere thanks are given to all of them, to my family and to all others for their support and encouragement“, comments Roger Goody this honour.

Roger Goody, born in Northampton, studied chemistry at the University of Birmingham. After a research stay in New York, he came to Germany in the early 1970ies. Although he was offered several chairs at renowned US American universities he did not left. „Germany is an excellent address to do successful research. There was no need for me to leave the country; here I always had the best working conditions“, so Roger looks back on a successful career. From 1993 until his retirement in 2013, he was director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology (MPI) in Dortmund. During this time he was substantially involved in the institute‘s development into a scientific institution of world-class. From 2005 until 2010 he was Professor for Biochemistry at the Medical Faculty of the Ruhr University in Bochum. Even today Roger Goody is very active and so he is head of an Emeritus Work Group at the MPI. Goody was president of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and was awarded lots of prices and honours, e.g. the Max Planck Research Award, the Max Bergmann Medal as well as the Feldberg Prize.

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