Born 19.8.1935 in Bern, Switzerland
Married, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren
Lives in Bern: Fischerweg 9, 3012 Bern

Education, Degrees

Schools in Bern, Matura 1954
Medical School in Bern and Geneva 1954-1960
Master of Public Health, Harvard University, 1963
Medical Specialty Board Prevention and Public Health, 1986.

Academic Positions

University of Bern

Professor emeritus, University of Bern
Professor and Head, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
Founding faculty, Swiss Interfaculty MPH-Program, Universities of Basle, Bern, and Zürich

Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Research Associate in Epidemiology
Research Fellow in Epidemiology

Mass. Department of Public Health (part-time)

Associate Registrar, Massachusetts Tumor Registry
Senior Consultant in Epidemiology

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Institute of Hygiene and Occupational Physiology

Research Fellow

Other Positions

WHO Panel of Scientific Advisors on Smoking and Health (1977-1997)
European Public Health Association (EUPHA) (Founding Member, Governing Board)
International Epidemiological Association (IEA) (Council; Regional Coordinator for Europe, 1987-90)
Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) (Governing Council, 1968-1971)
World Federation of Public Health Associations (Co-President 2003-2004; President 2001-2003; Advisory Board)
COST ad hoc Working Party "Effects of Atmospheric Pollution on Health" (Chair, 1987-89)

Swiss Society for Public Health (President 1987-92; President of Scientific Council and Vice President 1981-86; Council 1972-93; 1999-; Editor-in-chief „Sozial- und Präventiv­medizin“ 1972-80)
Swiss Federal Commission on Tobacco Prevention (Vice Chair, 1999-2010)
Swiss Association for Tobacco Prevention, AT (Chair 1973-92, Council 1992-)
Swiss Technical Development Corporation (Consultant 1976 - 1989)
Swiss Society for Research on Problems of the Elderly (Chair, 1974 - 1990).


World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA): Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
Association of Schools of Public Health for the European Region (ASPHER): Andrija Stampar Medal for Excellence in the field of Public Health, 2004
World Health Organization: Medal of Achievement in the Field of Tobacco or Health, 1989
Public Health Switzerland:  Honorary Member, 2003
Swiss Cancer League: Honorary Medal, 1992

Sabbatical Leaves

Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Australia, New Zealand, several Universities