Mathilde Krim dies at 91

“Mother of all AIDS activists” dies - Mathilde Krim dies at 91

The scientist and founding chairperson of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), Dr. Mathilde Krim, died in Kings Point, New York on 15 January 2018. Ever since the onset of the HIV epidemic, she was an active campaigner in the field of HIV research and the rights of people with HIV, for which she received numerous awards and honours.

In 1983 Dr. Krim and Dr. Joseph Sonnabend founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), the first private organisation to promote and support HIV research. Its merger with a like-minded organisation from California led in 1985 to the formation of amfAR, to date one of the USA’s most outstanding national non-for-profit organisations, which has used private funding to make a groundbreaking contribution to HIV research and prevention, devoting itself to people with HIV.

Mathilde Krim was born in Como, Italy of Swiss/Italian parentage in 1926. She and her family later moved to Switzerland, where she studied at Geneva University and launched herself into a life of science. She worked at a number of renowned research institutes and was a recipient of no fewer than 16 honorary doctorates. August 2000 saw her awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States.

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