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Erwin Neher

Erwin NeherBorn: 20-Mar-1944
Birthplace: Landsberg, Germany

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

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Cellular ion channels

For their collaborative research into how cells communicate, Erwin Neher and Bert Sakmann were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1991. Their work has provided a clearer explanation of the cause of diabetes, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and other neuromuscular disorders. They are best known for developing the patch-clamp technique, a new method for observing the tiny electrical currents produced in ion channels (tube-like passageways from the inside to the outside of a cell).

Father: Franz Xaver Neher (dairy company executive)
Mother: Elisabeth Pfeiffer Neher (teacher)
Wife: Eva-Maria Ruhr Neher (microbiologist, m. 1978)
Son: Richard Neher (b. circa 1979)
Son: Benjamin Neher (b. circa 1980)
Daughter: Carola Neher (b. circa 1981)
Son: Sigmund Neher (b. circa 1984)
Daughter: Margret Neher (b. circa 1987)

    High School: Maristenkolleg Gymnasium, Mindelheim, Bavaria (1963)
    University: BS Physics, Technical University of Munich (1965)
    University: MS Physics, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1967)
    University: PhD Physics, Technical University of Munich (1970)
    Scholar: Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute of Munich (1970-72)
    Scholar: Molecular Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute of Göttingen (1972-75)
    Scholar: Molecular Neurobiology, Yale University, (1975-76)
    Scholar: Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Göttingen (1976-83)
    Scholar: Physics, California Institute of Technology (1989-90)
    Administrator: Director of Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Göttingen (1983-)

    Fulbright 1966
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1991 (with Bert Sakmann)
    Bavarian Ancestry
    German Ancestry

Official Website:
http://www.mpibpc.gwdg.de/abteilungen/140/erwin_neher/

Author of books:
Single-Channel Recording (1983, with Bert Sakmann)



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