Georges J.F. Köhler


Name: Georges Jean Franz Köhler

Born: 17.4.1946 in München. German Nationality

Education and research experience

April 1965 Abitur in Kehl, beginning of studies in Biology at the University of Freiburg.
January 1971 Diploma in Biology, work on repair-deficient strains of Escherichia coli and computer assisted instruction.
April 1974 Ph.D., University of Freiburg. Thesis work on immunological studies of the enzyme ß-galactosidase, carried out at the Institute for Immunology, Basel, Switzerland, under the supervision of Professor Fritz Melchers.
April 1974 to March 1976 Postdoctoral work in cell biology (lymphocyte fusion) in Dr. C. Milstein’s laboratorium at the Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Work supported by an EMBO long-term fellowship. Publication: G. Köhler and C. Milstein (1975) “Continuous cultures of fused cells secreting antibody of predefined specificity”. Nature 256:495-497.
April 1976 to present Member of the Basel Institute for Immunology; Molecular and cellular work on lymphocyte hybrids.

Member of the European Organization of Molecular Biology (EMBO), Honory Lecturer at the University of Basel, Switzerland, Doctor honoris causa of the University of Centre Limburg, Belgium, numerous awards, becoming director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Immunbiologie in Freiburg,

From Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 1984, Editor Wilhelm Odelberg, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 1985


Georges J.F. Köhler died on 1 March 1995.

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