12th A-un Lecture with Nobel Laureate
12th A-un Lecture with Nobel Laureate
  • Reporter Lee Sang-min
  • 승인 2011.05.18 21:01
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▲ Prof. Wuthrich is introducing NMR spectroscopy.

The 12th ‘A-Un’ special lecture of Prof. Kurt Wuthrich, 2002 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, titled ‘At the interface of chemistry and biology: NMR spectroscopy with proteins,’ was held in the Chemistry Building on May. 12.

Born in 1938, Prof. Wuthrich was educated at Universitat Bern and Universitat Basel, where he received his Ph.D. Having studied electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, he has investigated the structure of proteins using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) in his postdoctoral studies. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for ‘his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solutions.’

Prof. Wuthrich came back to Switzerland and has been a professor in the Biophysics Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) from 1980. He is also a distinguished professor at the Scripps Research Institute in the United States.

The name of the lecture, ‘A-Un,’ stands for A-Un Chung Hwan-tak, father of Professsor Emeritus Sung-Kee Chung of the Departmet of Chemistry  who donated 100 million KRW to POSTECH in 1990 for the development of scientific technological research.