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Born Apr. 6, 1911, in Munich. German biochemist. Member of the Leopoldina German Academy of Naturalists (1959) and the US National Academy of Sciences (1962).
Lynen graduated as a doctor of philosophy from the University of Munich in 1937. He has been director of the Max Planck Society Institute of Cell Chemistry in Munich since 1954. His principal works deal with the biochemistry of metabolism, the oxidation of fatty acids in the body, and the activation of acetate. Together with K. Bloch, Lynen was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1964 for research on the biosynthesis of cholesterol and fatty acids.