Robert Huber

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Robert Huber

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Robert Huber
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1988

Born: 20 February 1937, Munich, Germany

Affiliation at the time of the award: Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried, Germany

Prize motivation: “for the determination of the three-dimensional structure of a photosynthetic reaction centre”

Prize share: 1/3

Work

One of the most fundamental processes of life is photosynthesis, which uses energy from sunlight to make carbohydrates out of water and carbon dioxide. The energy conversion takes place through the transportation of electrons via a number of proteins that are attached to special membranes in the cell. In 1983 Robert Huber, Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel determined the structure for the photosynthetic reaction center.

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