Noble Laureate Christian de Duve, Chooses Euthanasia

Belgian scientist Christian René, viscount de Duve who won the Nobel prize for Medicine together with Albert Claude and George Palade in 1974 for their work on subcellular biology, passed away on 04 May this weekend.

de Duve who was 95 years old, chose to end his life through euthanasia after suffering a fall. Here he provides some thoughts on what he terms “ultimate reality.”


Recently he was quoted by the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir as saying,

It would be an exaggeration to say I’m not afraid of death, but I’m not afraid of what comes after because I’m not a believer. When I disappear I will disappear, there’ll be nothing left.

His daughter Francoise confirmed that he refused to take any anti-anxiety pills before administering the lethal injection, and died with a smile.

A noble Nobel Laureate indeed…


2 thoughts on “Noble Laureate Christian de Duve, Chooses Euthanasia

  1. Fascinating man. When I remember Christian de Duve I mention “Oxfos”. This means a system who catalysis oxydo-reductieve fosforylering. De Duve used the word Oxfos. It sounds just like the name of a pet. Easy to remember. Thanks for this article Lenny. Grtz Tjeerd.

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