4 October 2017, No. 23/2017

Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Humboldtian and biophysicist Joachim Frank

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation congratulates Joachim Frank upon winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry which he will receive together with Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson. These researchers were chosen for their development of cryo-electron microscopy. Joachim Frank's selection raises the number of researchers from the global network of scientists who have been sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation at some point in their career to 55.

The biophysicists Joachim Frank was born in Germany in 1940. He currently conducts research at Columbia University in New York. He received the Humboldt Research Award in 1994 and has been a member of the Humboldt Foundation's network since that time. As a Humboldt Research Award winner, Joachim Frank collaborated with the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg. He is regarded as a co-creator of cryo-electron microscopy which improves the imaging of biomolecules. This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for this discovery. "This method has moved biochemistry into a new era", the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted in its statement announcing this year's winners.

"We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Joachim Frank, Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson. They are absolutely deserving of this award for their work on cryo-electron microscopy of individual molecules", said the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz. "We are naturally particularly pleased that with Joachim Frank's selection another Humboldtian has been added to the circle of Nobel laureates."

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Prize winners.


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