Ole Didrik Lærum

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Ole Didrik Lærum (born 23 April 1940) is a Norwegian professor of medicine.

He was born in Bærum as a son of physician Birger Lærum, Jr. (1906–1991) and weaver Goro Lynne (1909–2003). He grew up in Vossevangen, and finished his secondary education there in 1959. He has been married twice.[1]

He graduated from the University of Oslo in 1965 with the cand.med. degree, having also spent some studying time at the Pasteur Institute. He was then a research fellow at Rikshospitalet and took the dr.med. degree in 1969. He was appointed as a docent at the University of Bergen in 1974, and was promoted to professor in 1980.[1] His fields are oncology and experimental pathology.[2] In 1978 he won the Anders Jahre Prize for Young Researchers. He was the prorector of the University of Bergen from 1984 to 1989 and rector from 1990 to 1995.[1]

He also chaired the Research Council of Norway from 1992 to 1994. He is a member of Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters since 1981, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters since 1991 and Academia Europaea since 2001. He has been given honorary degrees at the University of Copenhagen and the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. He was decorated as a Grand Knight of the Order of the Falcon in 1994 and Commander of the Order of St. Olav in 1996.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Molven, Anders. "Ole Didrik Lærum". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ole Didrik Lærum". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Arnfinn Graue
Rector of the University of Bergen
Succeeded by
Jan Fridthjof Bernt