Jens C. Skou

Facts

Jens C. Skou

Jens C. Skou

Born: 8 October 1918, Lemvig, Denmark

Died: 28 May 2018, ,

Affiliation at the time of the award: Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Prize motivation: "for the first discovery of an ion-transporting enzyme, Na+, K+ -ATPase."

Prize share: 1/2

Work

Many of the cell's functions, such as those concerned with nerve impulses, muscular contractions and digestion, require that the concentration of potassium ions inside the cell is higher than outside it, whereas the concentration of sodium ions must be lower inside than outside. It takes a great deal of energy to bring this about. The energy is stored in a special substance, adenosine triphosphate (ATP). In 1957 Jens Christian Skou discovered an enzyme, Na+/K+-ATPase, that serves as a sort of biological pump to transport ions.

To cite this section
MLA style: Jens C. Skou – Facts. NobelPrize.org. Nobel Media AB 2018. Thu. 16 Aug 2018. <https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/1997/skou/facts/>

Back to top Back To Top Takes users back to the top of the page

Explore prizes and laureates

Look for popular awards and laureates in different fields, and discover the history of the Nobel Prize.