Gerhard N. Schrauzer, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
University of California, San Diego, CA, USA    Deceased 2014

Director of the Biological Trace Element Research Institute,
San Diego, CA, USA




Dr. Schrauzer is Professor Emeritus (UCSD), researcher, inventor, and author. He is the Director of the San Diego-based Biological Trace Element Research Institute.

Gerhard N. Schrauzer studied chemistry at the University of Munich, where he received Ph.D. degree with summa cum laude in 1956 and became a member of its Science Faculty in 1963.  He came to the United States in 1964 and in 1966 accepted a position as Full Professor at the University of California, San Diego, where he remained until his retirement in 1994.

He is internationally known and recognized for his work on vitamins and trace minerals. Professor Schrauzer has pioneered in the study of the biological functions of selenium, especially in relation to its cancer protective properties. He has published more than 300 papers and reviews in national and international journals and authored or edited 5 books.

Dr. Schrauzer held visiting Professorships at University of Nanjing, China, the University of Osaka, and the School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu, Japan. In 1997 he was named Honorary Professor at Xi’an Medical University.

He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Institute of Nutrition, the American College of Nutrition, the American College of Toxicology, the Association of Clinical Scientists, the American Chemical Society, and of other prestigious organizations.

In 1994 Professor Schrauzer received the “Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet Commemorative Award for Clinical Tumor Immunology”. In 2000 the “International Schrauzer Prize” was created to honor scientists working in fields at the interface of chemistry and medicine.