Erwin Neher

About Erwin Neher

Who is it?: Biophysicist
Birth Day: March 20, 1944
Birth Place: Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany, German
Alma mater: Technical University of Munich University of Wisconsin-Madison
Known for: patch clamp
Awards: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1991) ForMemRS (1994) Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (1987) Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (1986)
Fields: Biophysics
Institutions: University of Göttingen University of Wisconsin–Madison Yale University Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Academic advisors: Charles F. Stevens

Erwin Neher

Erwin Neher was born on March 20, 1944 in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany, German, is Biophysicist. Erwin Neher is a German biophysicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1990 for Physiology or Medicine for his significant work in cell physiology. He shared this prize with his research partner Bert Sakmann. They were awarded for their ground breaking discovery on the function of ion channels in the body cell. Their work has contributed in understanding of many diseases, such as diabetes and cystic fibrosis. The technique developed by Erwin-Bert makes it possible to secure important insights into the role that hyper- and hypo-function of ion channels play in the development of diseases.
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Occupation Scientists
Age 80 years old
Zodiac Sign Aries
Born March 20, 1944 (Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany, German)
Birthday March 20
Town/City Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany, German
Nationality German

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Neher was born in Landsberg am Lech, Upper Bavaria, the son of Elisabeth (née Pfeiffer), a Teacher, and Franz Xaver Neher, an executive at a dairy company. He studied physics at the Technical University of Munich from 1963 to 1966.


In 1966, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US. He spent a year at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and earned a master's degree in biophysics. While at the Charles Stevens Laboratory at Yale University for post-doctoral work he met fellow scientist Eva-Maria Neher, whom he married in 1978 and subsequently the couple had five children – Richard, Benjamin, Carola, Sigmund, and Margret.


In 1986, he was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University together with Bert Sakmann. In 1987, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research. Along with Bert Sakmann, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1991 for "their discoveries concerning the function of single ion channels in cells". Neher and Sakmann were the first to record the currents of single ion channels on a live cell (they were first recorded using the lipid bilayer method) through their development of the patch-clamp technique, a project Neher began as a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Charles F. Stevens at Yale.


Neher was awarded an Honorary degree from the University of Pavia in 2000. He was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1994.


In 2003 Neher was one of 22 Nobel Laureates who signed the Humanist Manifesto.

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