Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen

About Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen

Who is it?: Biochemist
Birth Day: April 06, 1911
Birth Place: Munich, Germany, German
Died On: 6 August 1979(1979-08-06) (aged 68)\nMunich, West Germany
Birth Sign: Taurus
Awards: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1964) Fellow of the Royal Society

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Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen was bornon April 06, 1911 in Munich, Germany, German, is Biochemist. Feodor Lynen was a German biochemist who jointly received the ‘Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine’ in 1964 with German American biochemist Konrad Bloch for their independent discoveries related to the mechanism and control of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism. His research was centred on elucidation of the chemical analysis of metabolic procedures in living cells as also on the devices of metabolic regulation. The chemical structure of ‘acetyl coenzyme A’ or ‘acetyl-CoA’, a significant molecule that play a major part in metabolism, was discovered by him. He did his PhD from the ‘University of Munich’ where he went on to become the chemistry lecturer. He then served as assistant professor and thereafter as professor of biochemistry in the university. He was inducted as director of ‘Max-Planck Institute for Cellular Chemistry’ in Munich. Apart from the ‘Nobel Prize’, he received several other awards and honours for his contribution in scientific research. The ‘German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’ awarded him the ‘Otto Warburg Medal’ in 1963 and the ‘German Society for Fat Research’ awarded him the ‘Norman Medal’ in 1967. He was conferred the Grand Cross of Merit with Star and Sash of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1965. Lynen was also the recipient of the ‘Pour le Mérite for Science and Art’ in 1971 and the ‘Austrian Decoration for Science and Art’ in 1972.
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Biography/Timeline

1911

Feodor Lynen was born in Munich on 6 April 1911. He started his studies at the chemistry department of Munich University in 1930 and graduated in March 1937 under Heinrich Wieland with the work: "On the Toxic Substances in Amanita". Lynen remained in Germany throughout World War II. In 1942 he became a chemistry lecturer at the Munich University. In 1947 he became an assistant professor and in 1953 a professor of biochemistry. From 1954 onwards he was Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Cellular Chemistry in Munich, a position which was created for him at the instigation of two senior Scientists, Otto Warburg and Otto Hahn. In 1972, that institute was merged into the newly founded Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in 1972. Also in 1972, Lynen was named President of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh).

1937

On 14 May 1937, Lynen married Eva Wieland (1915-2002), daughter of his academic Teacher. They had five children between 1938 and 1946. Feodor Lynen died in Munich, Germany, on 6 August 1979, six weeks after an operation for aneurism.

1964

In 1964 he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine together with Konrad Bloch for their discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism. These discoveries took many years to work out. The Nobel Committee felt that this was important because understanding the metabolism of sterols and fatty acids could reveal how cholesterol affects heart disease and stroke. His Nobel Lecture on 11 December 1964 was 'The pathway from "activated acetic acid" to the terpenes and fatty acids'.