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Bert Sakmann

Bert SakmannBorn: 12-Jun-1942
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Cellular ion channels

German physiologist Bert Sakmann won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1991, for describing "the function of single ion channels in cells." Working with Erwin Neher, his long-time collaborator and co-winner of Nobel honors, Sakmann invented the patch clamp, which allows observation of the minute electrical energy produced in cellular ion channels. His wife was a prominent pediatric ophthalmologist, and as Sakmann toiled in obscurity early in his career, he said he was sometimes better known as "the eye doctor's husband".

Father: Bertold Sakmann (theater director)
Mother: Annemarie Sakmann (physical therapist)
Wife: Christiane Sakmann (ophthalmologist)

    High School: Wagenburg Gymnasium, Stuttgart, Germany
    Medical School: University of Tübingen
    Medical School: University of Freiburg
    Medical School: University of Berlin
    Medical School: University of Paris
    Medical School: MD, University of Munich (1974)
    Scholar: Neurophysiology, Max Planck Institute of Munich (1969-70)
    Scholar: Biophysics, University College London (1970-73)
    Scholar: Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute of Göttingen (1973-89)
    Professor: Medicine, University of Heidelberg (1989-)
    Administrator: Director, Max Planck Institute of Heidelberg (1991-)

    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1991 (with Erwin Neher)
    German Ancestry

Author of books:
Single-Channel Recording (1983, with Erwin Neher)

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