Hartmut Michel

Abstract by Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Hartmut Michel, Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt


Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Hartmut Michel

Studies of biochemistry at Tuebingen and Munich, 1969-1975

Ph D., Biochemistry, University of Wuerzburg, 1977

Postdoc, University of Wuerzburg, 1977-1979

Research associate and group leader, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, 1979-1987

Habilitation, University of Munich, 1986

Director, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, department of molecular membrane biology, since 1987

Adjunct Professor, University of Frankfurt, since 1989

Prizes and Awards (Selection):


  • 1986 Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation
  • 1988 Otto Bayer Prize (with Johann Deisenhofer)
  • 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (with Johann Deisenhofer and Robert Huber)
  • 2008 Keilin Medal of the British Biochemical Society
  • Honorary doctorates of the Universities of Wuerzburg and Bologna
  • Honorary and visiting professorships of the Imperial College (London),
  • IIT Madras at Chennai, IIT Mumbai, Tongji University Shanghai, Jiaotong University Xian, Tsinghua University Beijing

Awarded Memberships (Selection):


  • EMBO
  • Leopoldina
  • Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • corresponding member of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften and of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Goettingen
  • Foreign member of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschapen, of the National Academy of Sciences ot the US, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing) and of the Royal Society (London)

Offices (Selection):


  • President of the German Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1993-1995)
  • Member of the German Science Council (2004-2010)
  • Member of the University Council of the University of Wuerzburg Apart form his genuine interest in understanding membrane proteins Prof. Michel is involved in the public discussion on biofuels. He considers the usage of biofuels as a very inefficient means of using sun light with many harmful consequences for the environment and climate.

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