In Memory of Egon Diczfalusy

Posted 22 September 2016

Date: 22 Sep 2016

Type: FSRH News and Information

Author: FSRH Policy Team

It is with regret that the FSRH informs its members that Egon Diczafulsy, the father of the fetal endocrinology discipline, passed away on 19th September, aged 96.

Diczfalusy gained international fame for his work on the definition of the human feto-placental unit and the hormones involved in human reproduction, which remained the main focus of his scientific work.

He headed up one of the WHO’s oldest and best known research programmes, the “Expanded Programme of Research, Development and Research training in Human Reproduction”, for 25 years helping to establish international networks of researchers dedicated to the development of fertility regulating agents and combating infertility across the world.

Egon Diczfalusy, who transformed the hormone laboratory at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm into a household name in steroid hormone biogenesis and metabolism, was also a Professor Emeritus and Honorary Professor at many universities across the world.

As the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC), who awarded Diczfalusy the ESC Medal, said:
“Egon Diczfalusy has been an outstanding scientist and humanitarian”.

Diczfalusy leaves behind the Egon and Ann Diczfalusy foundation, created to support science and development in Eastern Europe. Read more about the Foundation on their website.