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Feodor Lynen

Feodor LynenAKA Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen

Born: 6-Apr-1911
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 6-Aug-1979
Location of death: Munich, Germany
Cause of death: Natural Causes
Remains: Buried, Lock Leutstetten, Leutstetten, Germany

Gender: Male
Religion: Lutheran
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism

German biochemist Feodor Lynen investigated the metabolism of cholesterol and fatty-acids, isolated acetyl Coenzym A (CoA) from yeast, and made other important contributions to the understanding of the mechanism of biotin-dependent carboxylations. Together with Konrad Bloch, he was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Medicine, "for their discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism".

His father was a professor of mechanical engineering at Munich Technical University, and Lynen's mentor was Nobel laureate Heinrich Wieland. He married Wieland's daughter, Eva, and their daughter Annemarie Lynen also became a respected chemist.

Father: Wilhelm Lynen (professor of mechanical engineering)
Mother: Frieda Prym Lynen
Wife: Eva Wieland Lynen (daughter of chemist Heinrich Wieland, m. 14-May-1937)
Son: Peter Lynen (b. 1938)
Daughter: Annemarie Lynen (chemist, b. 1941)
Daughter: Susanne Lynen (b. 1945)
Son: Heinrich Lynen (b. 1946)
Daughter: Eva-Maria Lynen (b. 1946)

    High School: Luitpold-Gymnasium, Munich, Germany (1927)
    University: PhD Biochemistry, University of Munich (1930)
    Teacher: Chemistry, University of Munich (1942-53)
    Professor: Biochemistry, University of Munich (1953-79)
    Administrator: Max Planck Institute, Munich (Director, 1954-79)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1964, with Konrad Bloch
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    National Academy of Sciences
    German Ancestry


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