The International Papillomavirus Society is deeply saddened by the passing of Harald zur Hausen, a renowned scientist and Nobel Laureate in Medicine. His ground-breaking contributions to the field of tumor virology have had a profound impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.

Harald zur Hausen’s discovery of the link between human papillomaviruses (HPV) and cervical cancer has been instrumental in advancing our understanding of this disease. Through his tireless research efforts, he has paved the way for significant advancements in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HPV-related conditions. His scientific achievements and unwavering dedication will continue to inspire researchers and clinicians worldwide as we strive to build upon his legacy.

Beyond his remarkable scientific achievements, Harald zur Hausen was an incredible human being. Despite his immense success and the recognition he received, he remained humble and always placed others before himself. He had a genuine interest in hearing from and engaging with fellow researchers, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to collaboration and the pursuit of knowledge. Those fortunate enough to have known him personally will remember his smile and the lasting impact he made on their lives.

We join the global scientific community and all those touched by his work in mourning the loss of this extraordinary scientist and human being. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Harald zur Hausen’s family during this difficult time.