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Hartmut Michel

Hartmut MichelBorn: 18-Jul-1948
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Chemist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Proteins of photosynthesis

Military service: German Army (1967-69)

German biochemist Hartmut Michel developed a process that uses X-ray technology to determine the structure of large molecules. With his colleagues Robert Huber and Johann Deisenhofer, he explored the photosynthetic action center, a four-protein complex that is central to the process of photosynthesis, and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1988.

Father: Karl Michel (factory worker)
Mother: Freda Kachler Michel (dressmaker)
Wife: Ilona Leger-Michel (m. 1979)
Daughter: Andrea (b. 1981)
Son: Robert Joachim (b. 1984)

    High School: Friedrich Schiller Gymnasium, Ludwigsburg, Germany (1967)
    University: BS, University of Tübingen (1974)
    University: PhD, University of Würzburg (1977)
    Scholar: X-ray crystallography, University of Würzburg (1977)
    Scholar: Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany (1979-87)
    Administrator: Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany (1987-)
    Professor: University of Frankfurt (1989-)

    ACS Biological Physics Prize 1986 (with Johann Deisenhofer)
    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 1986
    Otto Klung Weberbank Prize 1986
    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1988 (with Johann Deisenhofer and Robert Huber)
    Otto Bayer Prize 1988 (with Johann Deisenhofer)
    German Official German Science Council (2004-10)
    Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
    Chinese Academy of Sciences Foreign Member
    European Molecular Biology Organization
    German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
    German Chemical Society
    German Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology President (1993-95)
    Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science
    National Academy of Sciences Foreign Associate
    Royal Society Foreign Member
    German Ancestry


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