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Kurt Wüthrich: Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions: Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Structural Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA.; Professor of Biophysics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.

Personal Data

Born October 4, 1938, in Aarberg, Switzerland. Swiss citizen.
Married to Marianne Briner, 1963; two children, Bernhard Andrew 1968, Karin Lynn 1970.

Education and Positions Held

1957–62

University of Bern, Switzerland: Lizentiat in chemistry, physics and mathematics.

1962–64

University of Basel, Switzerland: Ph.D. in chemistry (Prof. S. Fallab); Eidgenössisches Turn- und Sportlehrerdiplom.

1964–65

University of Basel, Switzerland: Postdoctoral training (Prof. S. Fallab).

1965–67

University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA : Postdoctoral training (Prof. R.E. Connick).

1967–69

Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., USA : Member Technical Staff, Biophysics Department (Dr. R.G. Shulman).

1969–

ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: Privatdozent (70), Assistant Professor (72), Associate Professor (76), Professor of Biophysics (80); Chairman Biology Department (95–2000).

2001–04

The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA: Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Visiting Professor of Structural Biology.

2004–

The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA: Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Structural Biology.

Major Research Interests

Biology, structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids; development of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques for macromolecular structure determination in solution and for studies of intermolecular interactions; applications in structural genomics, proteomics and biomedical research.

Publications

NMR in Biological Research: Peptides and Proteins, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1976.

NMR of Proteins and Nucleic Acids, Wiley, New York, 1986.

NMR in Structural Biology a Collection of Papers by Kurt Wüthrich, World Scientific, Singapore, 1995.

750 original papers and reviews.

 

Awards

1974

Friedrich-Miescher-Preis, Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Biochemie.

1983

Shield of the Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo University, Japan.

1986

Médaille P. Bruylants, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

1990

Stein and Moore Award of the Protein Society, USA.

1991

Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, Columbia University, New York, USA.

1991

Gilbert Newton Lewis Medal, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

1992

Marcel Benoist-Preis, awarded by the Swiss Confederation.

1993

Distinguished Service Award, The Miami Bio/Technology Winter Symposia, USA.

1993

Prix Louis Jeantet de Médecine, Fondation Louis Jeantet, Geneva, Switzerland.

1996

Kaj Linderstrøm-Lang Prize, Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1997

Eminent Scientist of RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan.

1998

Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, Inamori Foundation, Kyoto, Japan.

1999

Günther Laukien Prize, Experimental NMR Conference (ENC), USA.

1999

Otto-Warburg-Medaille, Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, Germany.

2001

Médaille d‘Honneur en Argent, Société d‘Encouragement au Progrès, Paris, France.

2002

Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

2002

World ‘Future’ Award, The World Awards, Wien, Austria.

2002

Swiss ‘Society’ Award, The Swiss Awards, Zürich, Switzerland.

2002

Ehrenpreis 2002, City of Wallisellen, Switzerland.

2003

Honorary Citizenship, City of Lyss, Switzerland.

2008

Johannes M. Bijvoet Medal, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

2008

Paul Walden Medal, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia.

2009

Jabir ibn Hyyan (Geber) Medal, Saudi Chemical Society, Saudi Arabia.

2010

Ralph and Helen Oesper Award, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA.

2012

President’s Gold Medal, Government of India.

Honorary Degrees

1997

Dottore ad Honorem in Chimica, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy.

1997

Dr. phil. honoris causa, Universität Zürich, Switzerland.

2001

Docteur honoris causa, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

2004

Doctor honoris causa, Universitat de València, Spain.

2004

Doctor of Science honoris causa, University of Sheffield, UK.

2004

Profesor Extraordinario con distinción de Académico Ilustre, U.N. Mar del Plata, Argentina.

2005

Doctor of Science honoris causa, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, India.

2007

Doctor of Medicine honoris causa, University of Pécs, Hungary.

2007

Doctor of Chemistry honoris causa, Universidad del Norte, Asunción, Paraguay.

2007

Doctor honoris causa, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.

2007

Laurea Specialistica in Biotechnology honoris causa, University of Verona, Italy.

2007

Docteur honoris causa, Université René Descartes, Paris, France.

2012

 

Laurea Magistrale in Pharmacy honoris causa, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli.

 

Academies and Honorary Memberships in Societies

1984

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

1987

Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina.

1989

Academia Europaea.

1989

Foreign Fellow, Indian National Science Academy.

1992

Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Sciences.

1992

Honorary Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, India.

1993

Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1993

Honorary Member, Japanese Biochemical Society.

1998

Honorary Member, National Magnetic Resonance Society of India.

1998

AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

2000

Associé étranger, Académie des Sciences, Institut de France.

2001

Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften (SATW).

2002

Schweizerische Akademie der Medizinischen Wissenschaften (SAMW).

2002

IUPAC Fellow.

2003

Honorary Member, The World Innovation Foundation, UK.

2003

Honorary Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.

2003

Honorary Fellow, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, UK.

2003

Honorary Member, Swiss Chemical Society.

2003

Honorary Member, Wallisellen Football Club, Switzerland.

2003

Titular Member, European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities.

2004

Honorary Member, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

2004

Honorary Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

2004

Honorary Member, World Academy of Young Scientists.

2004

Honorary Member, World High Technology Society, Dalian, China.

2004

Honorary Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

2004

Foreign Member, Latvian Academy of Sciences.

2004

Honorary Member, Groupement Ampère.

2004

Honorary Member, The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Society of Japan.

2005

Honorary Member, Indian Biophysical Society.

2005

Corresponding Member, Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

2005

Foreign Member, The Korean Academy of Science and Technology.

2005

Honorary Member, The Korean Magnetic Resonance Society.

2008

Honorary Fellow, Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Riga, Latvia.

2008

ISMAR Fellow.

2010

Foreign Member, The Royal Society, UK.

2012

Honorary Fellow, The Spanish Biophysical Society.

 Visiting Faculty Appointments

1988

November: Visiting Miller Research Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

1992

February–March: Scholar in Residence, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.

1994

February–June: Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA.

1994

October–December: Guest Scientist, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA.

1995

February–April: Visiting Associate in Biology and Chemistry, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA.

1997–98

For two months: Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Tokyo, Japan.

1997–00

Visiting Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

2004–

Honorary Professor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

2004–

Honorary Professor, Dalian Institute of Light Industry, Dalian, China.

2006–08

Underwood International College Distinguished Professor, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

2006–

Honorary Professor of Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

2009–

WCU Distinguished Professor, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

2011–

2012–

2012-

Honorary Visiting Professor, Universität Duisburg- Essen, Germany.

Honorary Distinguished Professor, Tumkur University, Tumkur, Karnataka, India.

Pesquisador Visitante Especial, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

 

Scientific Advisory Boards

Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità and ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 89–98.

European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany, 89–95.

National Laboratory of Biomacromolecules, Academia Sinica, Beijing, China, 89– 04.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn, Germany: Schwerpunktsprogramm “Protein Design”, 89–95.

Commission of the European Communities: Human Capital and Mobility Program, 92–94.

Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie, Jena, Germany, 93–96.

Ciba Foundation, London, UK, 94–96.

Institut de Biologie Structurale Jean-Pierre Ebel, Grenoble, France, 94–97.

Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland, 97–05 .

Novartis Foundation, London, UK, 97– 05.

Triad Therapeutics Inc., La Jolla, CA, USA, 98– 04.
Genomics Sciences Center, RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan, 00–05 .

Syrrx Inc., La Jolla, CA, USA, 00–04.

Groupement d‘Intérêt Scientifique “Infections à Prions”, France, 01–05.

National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (NICPB), Tallinn, Estonia, 01–05.

National High Field NMR Center (NANUC), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, 01–04.

Resource for Solid-State NMR of Proteins at UCSD, La Jolla, CA, USA, 01–04.

Eidogen-Sertanty, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA 02–.

Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, 05–.

Solvay Scientific Committee for Chemistry, International Solvay Institutes, Brussels, Belgium,

Member 05–11; Chairman 11–.

Honorary Advisory Board of IUBMB, 07–.

Councillor of the Foundation Antidoping Switzerland, 08–10.

Scientific Advisory Board, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Indore, India, 12–.

Editorial Assignments

Editor: Q. Rev.Biophys. 84–91, 96–01; Macromolecular Structures 90–00; J. Biomol. NMR 91–11.

Member Editorial Board: Advanced Science Letters; Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Biochimie, Biophys. Chem., Biopolymers, CHEMBIOCHEM, Chemtracts, Chemical Physics Letters, Encyclopedia of NMR, Comm. Mol. Cell. Biophysics, Curr. Methods Mol. Cell Biol., Curr. Opinion Struct. Biol., Eur. Biophys. J., Inorg. Chim. Acta, Israel J. Chem., IUBMB Life, J. Biotechnology, J. Computer-Aided Mol. Design, J. Magn. Reson., J. Membrane Biol., J. Struct. Funct. Genomics, Life Sciences, PeerJ, Proteins, Structure, The Natural Products Journal.

 

Consultancy Assignments

Hoechst AG, Frankfurt, Germany, 85–92.

Sandoz Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland, 87–96.

Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel, Switzerland, 87– 04.

Ciba-Geigy AG, Basel, Switzerland, 89–96.

Tripos Inc., St. Louis, MO, USA, 92–94.

Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland, 97– .

Offices in Professional Organizations

Schweiz. Kommission für Molekularbiologie (SKMB): Member 73–76; President 77–82.

International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB): Council Member 75–78 and 87–90; Secretary General 78–84; Vice-President 84–87.

International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU): Member General Committee 80–86; Member Standing Committee on the Free Circulation of Scientists 82–90.

Kommission für die Wolfgang Pauli-Vorlesungen, ETH Zürich: Member 84–92; President 93–01.

Zürcher Chemische Gesellschaft: President 90–91.

Schweiz. Gesellschaft für Biochemie: Member Executive Committee 86–92; President Biophysics Section 85–88.

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Commission on Biophysical Chemistry: Member 96–99; Chairman 00–01.

Prix Marcel Benoist, Conseil de Fondation, Bern: Member 01–.

 

 Patronage Committees

Visionen ETH 2030, 150th Anniversary ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 03–05.

International Jury, World Awards, Vienna, Austria, 03–.

Honorary Board, The International Wallenberg Foundation, New York, USA, 03–.

Academy Member, Swiss Awards, Zürich, Switzerland, 03–.

2. Schweizerische Kunstturntage, Bern, Switzerland, 04.

Symposium Systems Biology (C-BSSE), Basel, Switzerland, 04.

Kulturprojekt “Einstein05”, Bern, Switzerland, 04–05.

Buchlobby Schweiz, Switzerland, 04–.

Science et Cité, Bern, Switzerland, 04–11.

Synapsis Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland, 04–.

Honorary Board, Swiss Science Forum, 05–.

International Peace Foundation, 05–.

Founder’s Assembly of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prize Winners Meetings, 05–.

Association of Swiss Scientific Olympiads, 05–.

Ambassador for Zürich, UEFA EURO 2008, 06–08.

175th Anniversary University of Zürich, Switzerland, 07–08.

 

 Named Lectures

1982

FMC Lectures, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.

1983

Baker Lectures, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.

1984

S. Rudin Lecture, Columbia University Medical School, New York, NY, USA.

1986

Chaire Bruylants, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium.

1989

James Shannon Lecture, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

1989

Ada Doisy Lectures, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA.

1990

Pittsburgh Conference Lectures, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

1991

Distinguished Lecture in Structural Biology, Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH, USA.

1991

John T. Edsall Lecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

1991

Ira Remsen Memorial Lecture, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.

1993

William H. Stein Memorial Lecture, Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA.

1993

Calbiochem Lectures, UCSD, San Diego, CA, USA.

1993

Martinsrieder Kolloquium, MPI für Biochemie, Martinsried, Germany.

1995

P.A. Leermakers Lecture, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA.

1995

Adam Neville Lecture, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK.

1996

UCLA-DOE Distinguished Lecture, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

1997

UMDNJ Distinguished Lecture, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA.

1998

University Lecture, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA.

1998

Ames Lecture, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

2000

Gitte Vold Memorial Lecture, UCSD, San Diego, CA, USA.

2001

Peter Hemmerich-Vorlesung, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.

2002

Merck Frosst Lectures, Dept.of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2002

Harry Steenbock Lectures in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.

2003

Eraldo Antonini Memorial Lecture, Unversità di  Roma “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy.

2004

Faculty Lecture Series, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA.

2004

Eyring Lectures, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.

2004

Robbins Lectures, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, USA.

2004

Stammbach Lecture, Swiss Society of Neuropathology, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

2004

Derby Lectures, Department of Chemistry, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA.

2004

Lauterbur Lecture, ISMRM Twelfth Scientific Meeting and Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan.

2004

Ernst-Abbe-Kolloquium, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany.

2004

Datta Lecture, 29th FEBS Congress, Warsaw, Poland.

2005

Trombay Colloquium, Bhabba Atomie Research Centre, Mumbai, India.

2005

Sarojini Damodoran Lecture, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.

2005

G.N. Ramachandran Memorial Lecture, Indian Biophysical Society, Pune, India.

2007

Irving L. Schwartz Lecture, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.

2007

Aline U. and James M. Orten Memorial Lecture, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA.

2007

Philip Handler Lecture, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.

2008

Discovery Lecture, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.

2009

V. Ramalingaswami Memorial Lecture, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India.

2009

IUBMB Life Lecture, 21st IUBMB International Congress, Shanghai, China.

2010

Luigi Sacconi Memorial Lecture, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy.

2011

Cannizzaro Lecture, Società Chimica Italiana, Italy.