Kurt WüthrichNobel Prize winner in Chemistry

    Kurt Wüthrich received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2002. He divides his time between the positions of Professor of Biophysics at the ETH Zurich, Professor of Structural Biology at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California, Professor of Membrane Structural Biology at Yonsei University in Seoul, and Pesquisador Visitante Especial at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. His research interests are in structural biology and structural genomics. His specialty is nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with biological macromolecules in solution (which means figuring out the structure and chemistry of the “molecules of life” in their natural environment). Kurt’s achievements have been recognized by the Prix Louis Jeantet de Médecine, the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, and other awards and honorary degrees. Kurt also holds the “Eidgenössisches Turn- und Sportlehrerdiplom”, and he played in a competitive soccer league well beyond the age of 50. He enjoys fishing trips and is a member of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club in Whitianga, New Zealand, which lists Ernest Hemingway among its past members. Kurt spoke at the very first Annual Symposium.

    Walter Thurnherr