Quantcast
EN
Germany
123 views this week
Erwin Neher

Erwin Neher

German biophysicist
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German biophysicist
A.K.A. 埃尔温·内尔
Countries Nazi Germany Germany
Occupations Biophysicist University teacher Chemist
Gender male
Birth 20 March 1944 (Landsberg am Lech)
Star sign Pisces
Education University of Wisconsin–Madison
The details
Biography

Erwin Neher (; German: [ˈneːɐ]; born 20 March 1944) is a German biophysicist, specializing in the field of cell physiology. For significant contribution in the field, in 1991 he was awarded, along with Bert Sakmann, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for "their discoveries concerning the function of single ion channels in cells".

Early life and education

Neher was born in Landsberg am Lech, Upper Bavaria, the son of Elisabeth (née Pfeiffer), a teacher, and Franz Xaver Neher, an executive at a dairy company. He studied physics at the Technical University of Munich from 1963 to 1966.

In 1966, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US. He spent a year at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and earned a master's degree in biophysics. While at the Charles Stevens Laboratory at Yale University for post-doctoral work he met fellow scientist Eva-Maria Neher, whom he married in 1978 and subsequently the couple had five children – Richard, Benjamin, Carola, Sigmund, and Margret.

In 2003 Neher was one of 22 Nobel Laureates who signed the Humanist Manifesto.

Career

In 1986, he was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University together with Bert Sakmann. In 1987, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research. Along with Bert Sakmann, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1991 for "their discoveries concerning the function of single ion channels in cells". Neher and Sakmann were the first to record the currents of single ion channels on a live cell (they were first recorded using the lipid bilayer method) through their development of the patch-clamp technique, a project Neher began as a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Charles F. Stevens at Yale.

He is now a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and heads its Department for Membrane Biophysics. He is also a Professor at the University of Göttingen and a co-chair of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Göttingen.

Honors and awards

Awards

In 1991 he was awarded the Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience. Neher was awarded an Honorary degree from the University of Pavia in 2000. He was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1994.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
comments so far.
Comments
References
http://doi.org/10.1007%2FBF00584247
http://doi.org/10.1016%2F0076-6879(92)07008-C
http://doi.org/10.1016%2F0306-4522(88)90094-2
http://doi.org/10.1038%2Fscientificamerican0392-44
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1374932
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1528115
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2462183
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/567789
http://isni.org/isni/000000011041140X
http://neurotree.org/neurotree/tree.php?pid=1206
http://nobelprize.org/medicine/laureates/1991/neher-autobio.html
arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up arrow-down instagram whatsapp myspace quora soundcloud spotify tumblr vk website youtube stumbleupon comments comments pandora gplay iheart tunein pandora gplay iheart tunein itunes