Born 1938 in Oslo


Cand. mag.  1961 (Oslo) (chemistry, physics, mathematics) ~ B.Sc.

Cand. real. 1965 June (Oslo) (physical chemistry) ~ M.Sc. (or Ph.D.)

Cand. med.  1965 Dec (Oslo) ~ M.D.

Dr. med. 1968 (Oslo) (simulation study of neural nets) ~ Ph.D.


Research Fellow in Physiology 1965 - 1968 (Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo)

Assistant Professor of Physiology 1968  - 1970 (Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo)

Associate Professor of Informatics 1970 - 1978 (Faculty of Science, University of Oslo)

Professor of Informatics and Head of the Department of Informatics, 1978 - 1988

Professor of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, 1988 – 2008 – emeritus – present

Research Director (part time), Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, 1995 – 2005

Professor II (part time), Department of Arctic Biology, University of Tromsø, 2002 – 2007


About 150 full scientific papers published in international scientific journals on topics in neurophysiology, cardiovascu­lar physiology and instrumentation, reproductive biology, demography, population biology, epidemiology and statistical methodology, and 29 Ph.D. ( & dr.philos. - 15 women & 15 men) and 25  M.Sc. (cand.real. & cand.scient.) students supervised in these subjects.


-      Member of the Norwegian Medical Research Council (NAVF-RMF) 1977-84

-      Director of the Norwegian research on Acid Rain (SNSF) 1976-80

-      Chairman of the Norwegian Population Panel 1981-84 (NOU 1984:26)

-      Chairman of the Management Group of ØKOFORSK -

an applied ecology research programme 1983-88

-      Norwegian member of The Management Group of the UK-Scandinavian

Surface Waters Acidification (research) Programme (SWAP) 1984-90  (The Royal Society -

The Royal Swedish Academy of Science - The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters)

-      Organiser and member of the International Group of Scientists Appointed by the

Norwegian Government to Review the Basis for Norway's Harvesting of Minke Whales 1986-87 

-      Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Norwegian Marine Mammals

       Research Programme 1988 - 1994

-          Member  of the Board of The Norwegian Academy of  Science  and Letters  (1993 - 2004),

Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Science Class of the Academy 1993-1996

       Vice-President and President-Elect of the Academy 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003, and

President of the Academy 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004

-          Chairman of the Norwegian National Committee for Environmental Research 1988 - 1992

(re-organised to the following Research Board in 1993)

-      Chairman of the Research Board for Environment and Development

(One of six research boards in The Research Council of Norway) 1993 - 2001

-          Norwegian Member of the European Science Foundation’s (ESF)

       Standing Committee for Life and Environmental Sciences (LESC) 1995 – 1998, and

       Chairman of ESF - LESC 1999 – 2003

-          Member of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Health Research 2000 – 2005

-          Member of the European Research Advisory Board for the European Commission (EURAB) 2001-2004

-          Chief scientific adviser to the Norwegian government on management of marine mammals

(1986) - 1995 - 2015

-      Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO) 2004 - 2006

-      Head of the Norwegian delegation to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) 1989 - 2015, Invited participant 2016 - present

-      Member of the Board of European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD) 2008 - present

-      Member of the Board of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research 2007 - 2010

-      Panel Chair for Evaluation Panel LS9 "Applied Life Sciences and Biotechnology" for Starting Grants of the European Research Council 2008 - 2011

-          Chairman of the Section for Organismic and Evolutionary Biology of Academia Europaea 2004 – 2008

-          President of Academia Europaea 2008 – 2014

-      Member of European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) 2007 - 2015

-      Chair of the Environment Steering Panel of EASAC 2009 - present



Fridtjof Nansen Award for his physiological research 1992

Commandeur dans I’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France) 2002

Kommandør av Den Kongelige Norske St. Olavs Orden 2005

(Commander of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav)

Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (Japan) 2009

The Gunnerus Medal from the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences 2021



Elected member of:


-      The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

-      The Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters

-      Academia Europaea

-      The Physiological Society (UK)

-      The Royal Statistical Society (UK)

-      The American Physiological Society (US)

-      The American Statistical Association (US) 



A short biography:


Lars Walløe was born in Oslo in 1938, studied medicine in Oslo and has also a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.


Lars Walløe is Professor emeritus of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oslo where he has previously also been professor of applied statistics and cybernetics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He has also been part-time Research Director at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen and part-time Professor at the Department of Arctic Biology at the University of Tromsø. His current research (as emeritus) is in the field of cardiovascular control mechanisms in man and in other large mammals. He has previously developed non-invasive ultrasound instruments for such studies. He is also investigating the epidemiology of historical plague epidemics, and whale population questions, and has also published on neuronal nets, statistical methodology, and reproductive epidemiology.


Professor Walløe is Chair of the Environment Steering Panel of European Academies Science Advisory Council. He has been Scientific Adviser to the Norwegian Government on Marine Mammals, President of Academia Europaea and President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Chairman of the Norwegian Population Panel, Director of the Norwegian research program on acid rain, Chairman of the Norwegian Research Board for Environment and Development and Chairman of the Standing Committee for Life and Environmental Sciences of the European Science Foundation. 






In depth interviews (in Norwegian):


Populærvitenskapelig Magasin 1988 (7) 20-23

Dagens Næringsliv 1990, 101(279), lørdag 1. desember, 14-15

NFFR-Nytt 1991 (8) 3-5

Aftenposten 1992, fredag 6. mai, 10

Natur og miljø 1993 (3) 14-17

Apollon 1998, 8(2): 37-41

Fiskaren 2002, 79(78), fredag 12. juli, 14-15


Se også:

Norsk biografisk leksikon II, 9: 416 - 417, 2005.


Lars Walløe er gift (fra 1966) med

Professor, dr. med. Britt-Ingjerd Nesheim