Christian de Duve studies at the Catholic University of Leuven where his education centres on ancient humanities, but he decides to study medicine and joins the research laboratory of Prof. J.P. Bouckaert. He is investigating the effect of insulin on glucose uptake and graduates as an MD in 1941.
Christian de Duve founds a multidisciplinary biomedical research institute, the International Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology (ICP) in Brussels.
Christian de Duve spends 6 months as a Rockefeller Foundation fellow at Washington University, under Carl and Gerty Cori.
Due to a lack of essentail research supplies, Christian de Duve combines his study with a clinical internship in the cancer institute under Prof. Joseph Maisin. He works experimentally to approach the problem of insulin action by biochemical methods. He earns his PhD in 1945 and his Master´s degree in 1946.
Christian de Duve returns with his Family to Belgium in 1920. He grows up in the cosmopolitian harbour city of Antwerp and learns four languages, which due to him turned out to be a Valuable asset in his future career.
Christian de Duve marries Janine Herman. Together they have four children.
In March 1947 Christian de Duve takes over the teaching of physiological chemistry at the medical faculty in Louvain, becoming a full professor in 1951. He starts a small research laboratory on insulin action but soon focuses on latency of acid phosphatase.
To deepen his insights into biochemistry, Christian de Duve works at the Medical Nobel Institute in Stockholm in the laboratory of Hugo Theorell.
Christian de Duve and his team are discovering new cell parts, the lysosome and the peroxisome, while using a centrifuge to examine the intracellular localization of enzymes involved in liver metabolism.
Christian de Duve becomes professor at the Rockefeller University besides his position in Louvain. He builds up a second laboratory, working closely together with the Belgian Group.
Christian René Marie Joseph de Duve is born in 1917 to Alphonse de Duve and Madeleine Pungs as the third of three children in Thames-Ditton, near London. His parents had left Belgium at the outbreak of the First World War.
Christian de Duve is drafted to the Belgian army and posted in southern France where he is almost immediately taken as prisoner by Germans but can escape.
Christian de Duve, Albert Claude and George Palade are awarded the Nobel Prize in Cell Physiology for their discoveries concerning the structural and functional organization of the cell.
Christian de Duve attends Onze-Lieve-Vrouwecollege in Antwerp. He is an excellent student.
Christian de Duve dies on the 4th of May 2013 by self-induced euthanasia.