Technology Info stories. Jean-Claude Chermann, the man who discovered AIDS but who has been forgotten

Info stories. Jean-Claude Chermann, the man who discovered AIDS but who has been forgotten




Jean-Claude Chermann, co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, at the Élysée Palace, October 29, 2008. (GERARD CERLES / AFP)

In October 2008, apparently no loser, the Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to French researchers for their research on the AIDS virus. “We had been talking about them for years for the Nobel Prize in medicine, the French Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi have just been crowned by the Swedish Academy for their work on the discovery of the AIDS virus “, describes udo journalist. Professors Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, of the Institut Pasteur, are rewarded for the work carried out in 1983, work which is mentioned in the 20 hours newspaper of Antenne 2 of April 24, 1984, when the Americans achieve the same result.

But in addition to Professors Montagnier and Barré-Sinoussi, another French researcher was cited: “Doctors Montagnier, Chermann and Barré-Sinoussi discovered last year that the blood of patients with precursor signs of AIDS in the lymph nodes almost always contains a virus”, continues the journalist.

Jean-Claude Chermann, he is the third researcher, discoverer of the AIDS virus. However, for the defenders of this forgotten Nobel in 2008, he deserves it much more than Luc Montagnier, since Chermann worked in the laboratory with his student Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, while Montagnier was only the administrative manager of the laboratory.

In 2009, in a book, the forgotten Nobel confides: “The day after the Nobel announcement, I was knocked out standing. My colleagues who knew my real involvement in this discovery encouraged me to set the record straight. It was liberating, but the scar did not completely heal. ” The history of science is full of discoveries attributed to others. Here it is not the case, but the laurels of the Nobel, Jean-Claude Chermann, would have liked to display them.

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