Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2002
John B. Fenn, Koichi Tanaka, Kurt Wüthrich

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Kurt Wüthrich - Interview

Interview, May 2014

Interview with 2002 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Kurt Wüthrich, 27 May 2014.

  • Trading swimming lessons for lab time.

    Grabbing Max Perutz' attention.

    Kurt Wüthrich's intense collaboration with Richard Ernst.

  • Kurt Wüthrich's work in simple terms.

    "Breakthroughs are unexpected."

    Doubts and criticism from other scientists.

  • Being awarded the Nobel Prize

    "The greatest week in a scientist's life."

    The difference between doing sports and science.

  • "Sabbaticals are not meant to be vacations."

Trading swimming lessons for lab time: Kurt Wüthrich was in sports school, but got bored toward the winter, so he offered swimming lessons to the professor of Chemistry in exchange for lab time to do some research.

Interview, December 2002

Interview with Professor Kurt Wüthrich by Joanna Rose, science writer, 12 December 2002.

Professor Wüthrich talks about how he started in the field of magnetic resonance imaging; explains his work with proteins (3:58); talks about the development of X-ray diffraction (10:46); future goals in proteomics (12:46); business companies' interest for proteins (15:00); and challenges in his field of research (20:13).

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