Michel, Hartmut

Michel, Hartmut

(mĭkh`əl), 1948–, German biochemist, Ph.D. Univ. of Würzburg, 1977. Michel was the first person to reduce a photosynthetic action center, which is a four-protein complex, to pure crystalline form. This made it possible for Michel, Robert HuberHuber, Robert
, 1937–, German biochemist. After receiving his doctorate at Munich Technical Univ., he worked both there and at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry.
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 and Johann DeisenhoferDeisenhofer, Johann
, 1943–, German chemist, Ph.D. Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, 1974. He was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute until 1987 when he joined the staff at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
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 to develop a process that used X-ray technology to determine exactly the structure of such a large molecule. For this innovation the three researchers were awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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