Hans Hugo Bruno Selye was born on January 26, 1907 in Vienna. He attended the German University of Prague as well as the universities of Paris and Rome.
In 1931, he went to Johns Hopkins University on a Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship.
Hans Selye joined the Université de Montréal where he worked with 15,000 lab animals with 40 assistants.
He was named “the Einstein of medicine” and wrote over 1700 scholarly papers and 39 books about stress. He became known work wide for his discovery of stress syndrome.
Two of Selye’s books, “The Stress of Life” and “Stress without Distress” were bestsellers.
In 1945, he worked as a professor and director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Surgery at the University of Montreal.
Dr. Selye and Arthur Antille founded the Hans Selye Foundation. Dr. Selye also joined eight Nobel Laureates to found the Canadian Institute of Stress. In 1968 Hans Selye was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
As a physician and endocrinologist he had three earned doctorates and 43 honorary doctorates.
He was one of the highly productive scientists in the 20th century with over 1,000 research publications according to a study by Kantha (1992.)
Hans Selye died in 1982 in Montreal at the age of 75.
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