Mathilde Krim

Mathilde Krim made tremendous contributions to fighting AIDS both directly as a scientist and through fundraising as the creator of AmfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Krim met her first husband, a member of the Irgun, while studying biology at the University of Geneva, and not only converted but aided him in his work while earning her PhD in 1953. In Israel, Krim began working at the Weizmann Institute, contributing to pioneering work that laid the foundations for amniocentesis and on cancer research. In 1957, she married Arthur Krim, a movie mogul and philanthropist, and moved to America, where she continued her work in oncology and was appointed to the congressional advisory commission on the war against cancer, leading a research program at Sloan-Kettering. In 1983, she began work on Kaposi’s sarcoma, an AIDS-related skin cancer, and in 1985, she founded AmfAR to raise money for AIDS-related research and lobbying. In 2000, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her commitment to AIDS research. As of 2014, she continues to fundraise, lobby, and research, as well as serve as adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of Public Health.


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Mathilde Krim.

Courtesy of theAmerican Foundation for AIDS Research.

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