Wolfgang Schaper

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Wolfgang Schaper (born 11 January 1934 in Oschersleben) is a German cardiologist.

After graduating from high school, Schaper studied medicine in Halle (Saale) and received his doctorate there in 1957. From 1960 he was head of the cardiovascular laboratory at the Janssen Research Foundation in Beerse/Belgium. He habilitated at the KU Leuven in Belgium in 1967. From 1972 until his retirement in 2004 he was Director of the Department of Experimental Cardiology at the Max Planck Institute for Physiological and Clinical Research in Bad Nauheim and for many years its Executive Director. From 1973 he was honorary professor of experimental cardiology at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. From 1976 to 1989 Schaper was honorary executive director of the German Society of Cardiology, Heart and Circulation Research.


  • 1972 Arthur Weber Prize of the German Society for Circulatory Research
  • 1982 Outstanding Research Award of the International Society of Heart Research
  • 1995 Honorary doctorate from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow
  • 1996 Prize of the Spa-Foundation, Fondation Nationale pour la Recherche Scientifique
  • 1997 International Prize of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • 1998 Basic Research Medal of the European Society of Cardiology
  • 1999 Alexander von Humboldt Award
  • 2000 Carl Ludwig Medal of the German Society for Circulatory Research
  • 2002 Prize of the Pitzer Foundation
  • 2005 Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2007 Honorary citizen of the city of Bad Nauheim

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