Prof. Ralovich Béla

M.D., Ph.D., D.M.Sci.

Ministry of Welfare (Retired), Budapest, 1054, Hungary

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He was born in 1937 at Pécs in Hungary. He received a diploma of G.P. at the Medical University of Pécs and started to work first for the Institute of Microbiology and later for the Public Health and Epidemiology. He taught students and performed research on enteric bacteria, salmonellosis, salmonella immunity, listeriosis, food microbiology, microbial flora of enteric canal and that of surface waters, further culture media, etc. In 1988 he became an expert in the Hungarian Meat Research Institute and finally a senior executive of public health in the Ministry of Welfare in 1992. He retired in 1999. He worked in the U.K. and in the U.S.S.R. for longer than one year, was a W.H.O. expert two times for listeriosis, presented scientific lectures in 14 countries, and organized two International Listeriosis Symposia at Pécs. He received Ph.D. for the results of salmonellosis works in 1973 and D.M.Sc. for the results of listeriosis studies in 1986 from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS). He published nine books, several chapters, small books, and more than 190 articles. He was a member of the I.C.S.B. Subcommittee of Listeria; Society for General Microbiology; American Society for Microbiology; N.Y. Academy of Sciences; I.U.M.S. International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene, etc., and more Hungarian societies as well as three organizations of HAS. His scientific activity was recognized with different awards: Markusovszky Diploma, Outstanding Scholar Award of HAS three times, CDC Medal in the USA., Diploma of the National  Water Authority, Manninger Medal, Szendei Ádám Medal, and the Golden Cross of the Hungarian Republic.

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