Gustav Victor Rudolf Born was born in Göttingen 1921 as the son of Max Born (Nobel laureate in Physics 1954). In 1933 the Born family was forced to leave Germany and settled in Britain. Gustav Born obtained his medical degree at Edinburgh University and his research doctorate in Oxford. During his long and distinguished academic career, Born has held chairs of pharmacology at the Royal College of Surgeons, at Cambridge University, and at King's College London. At present he is Research Professor at the William Harvey Research Institute in London.
Born has made outstanding contributions to knowledge of the pathophysiology of the circulation, particularly of haemostasis, thrombosis and atherogenesis. His many honours include the fellowship and the Royal Medal of the Royal Society and nine honorary doctorates. Göttingen university awarded him the Albrecht von Haller Medal. Married to the physician Faith Born, Gustav Born has five children and seven grandchildren.
In 2006 he co-authored a book with Lorie Karnath called "Wohin geht die Sonne, wenn ich schlafe" ("Where the sun goes if I sleep") published by Nymphenburger Verlag, Munich.