Manfred Eigen

About Manfred Eigen

Who is it?: Biophysical Chemist
Birth Day: May 09, 1927
Birth Place: Bochum, Germany, German
Alma mater: University of Göttingen
Known for: Chemical reactions Quasispecies model
Awards: Otto Hahn Prize (1962) Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1967) ForMemRS (1973)
Fields: Biophysical chemistry
Institutions: Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Braunschweig University of Technology
Thesis: Ermittlung der molekularen Struktur reiner Flüssigkeiten und Lösungen aus thermischen und kalorischen Eigenschaften (1951)
Doctoral advisor: Arnold Eucken
Doctoral students: Geoffrey Hoffman

Manfred Eigen

Manfred Eigen was born on May 09, 1927 in Bochum, Germany, German, is Biophysical Chemist. Manfred Eigen is a German biophysical chemist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1967, for his work on kinetics of extremely rapid chemical reactions. He is a pioneer in his field of kinetic reactions, and received the Nobel Prize at a very young age of 40, along with R.G.W. Norrish and George Porter. In his rich and varied research career, Eigen was able to study many fast chemical reactions. He also focused his attention on a countless number of several unanswerable questions. He devised a variety of methods which he used to study the nature of fast chemical reactions. They are popularly known as ‘relaxation techniques’. His research interests are not limited to the just chemical reactions, but also about evolution. He has proposed and demonstrated several visionary ideas about the same.
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Occupation Scientists
Age 96 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born May 09, 1927 (Bochum, Germany, German)
Birthday May 09
Town/City Bochum, Germany, German
Nationality German

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Eigen received his Ph.D. at the University of Göttingen in 1951 under supervision of Arnold Eucken. From 1953 on he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Physical Chemistry in Göttingen, becoming its Director in 1964 and joining it with the Max Planck Institut for Spectroscopy to become the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. He is an honorary professor of the Braunschweig University of Technology. From 1982 to 1993, Eigen was President of the German National Merit Foundation. Eigen is currently a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.


In 1967, Eigen was awarded, along with Ronald George Wreyford Norrish and George Porter, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. They were distinguished for their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions induced in response to very short pulses of Energy.


In addition, Eigen's name is linked with the theory of quasispecies, the error threshold, error catastrophe, Eigen's paradox, and the chemical hypercycle, the cyclic linkage of reaction cycles as an explanation for the self-organization of prebiotic systems, which he described with Peter Schuster in 1977. He founded two biotechnology companies, Evotec and Direvo.


In 1981, Eigen became a founding member of the World Cultural Council.

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