Who is Harald zur Hausen’s wife Ethel-Michele de Villiers?

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Harald zur Hausen was a German virologist and professor emeritus who hails from Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

He has done research on cervical cancer and discovered the role of papilloma viruses in cervical cancer, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2008.

He was born to his parents on March 11, 1936, but sadly passed away on May 28, 2023, at the age of 82.

He was a married man who had been married twice at the time of his death. He was married to his wife Ethel-Michele de Villiers at the time of his death. In this article, we will dive into the personal life of Villiers to know more about her, especially her married life with the late Hausen.

Who is Harald zur Hausen’s wife Ethel-Michele de Villiers?

Ethel-Michele de Villiers is a celebrity spouse who happens to be the widow of the late Hausen. She happens to be the second wife of Hausen.

The two were married for three decades since they tied the knot in 1993. ‘

The two dated for more than a decade before getting married. They began dating as far back as 1981.

Villiers was a fellow researcher at the German Cancer Research Center, and in prior years had co-authored many research journal articles with zur Hausen on papillomavirus and genital cancer.

It could be recalled that her late husband acknowledged her research contributions and support in his Nobel Prize biography.

There is no information about her early life, hence, it is very difficult to talk about her age and birthday.


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