The Heidelberger Scientist Stefan Hell gets as one of three scientists this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
Stefan Hell works for the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. He heads the department since 2003, “Optical nanoscopy”. He is also the Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. Hell was graduated in the 80s in Ludwigshafen from high school and then studied physics in Heidelberg and habilitated there. He shares the Nobel Prize with the two U.S. researchers Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner.
A few years ago he developed with the two American colleagues a new method with which one can better observe under the microscope as viruses; there are fluorescent substances used. For the Cancer Research Center, the method facilitates research. After cancer researcher Harald zur Hausen 2008 Stefan Hell is the second Nobel laureate at the DKFZ Heidelberg. The highest award for chemists is worth the equivalent of 880,000 euros. The scientists were awarded for the development of high-resolution fluorescence microscopy.
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