Erling Norrby has an M.D. and Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute, the School of Medicine, Stockholm. He was Professor of Virology at KI between 1972 and 1997, and Professor of Virology and chairman at the J Craig Venter Institute for 25 years. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, serving as its Permanent Secretary between 1997 and 2003. He was member of the Nobel Committee at KI between 1975 and 1980.
Professor Norrby has published the books “Nobel Prizes and Life Sciences” (2010), “Nobel Prizes and Nature’s Surprises” (2013) and “Nobel Prizes and Notable Discoveries (2016). He has been awarded the Johan von Höpken Medal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2003, Carl XVI Gustaf's Medal of the 12th Size with the Band of the Seraphim Order in 2005 and Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Emperor of Japan in 2006.