Albert Claude was a Belgian medical doctor and cell biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 with Christian and George Emil Palade. His elementary education started in a comprehensive primary school at Long lier, his birthplace.
He served in the British Intelligence Service during the First World War, and got imprisoned in concentration camps twice. In recognition of his service, he was granted enrolment at the University of Liege in Belgium to study medicine without any formal education required for the course. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1928.