Kurt Wüthrich

2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureate

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    Kurt Wüthrich

    2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureate

    Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

    Travels From: Shanghai, China

    Kurt Wüthrich is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Kurt Wüthrich Speaker Biography

    Kurt Wüthrich is a Swiss chemist/biophysicist and Nobel Chemistry laureate, known for developing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods for studying biological macromolecules. Born in Aarberg, Switzerland, Wüthrich was educated in chemistry, physics, and mathematics at the University of Bern before pursuing his Ph.D. supervised by Silvio Fallab at the University of Basel, awarded in 1964.
    During his graduate studies Wüthrich started out working with electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and the subject of his Ph.D. thesis was “the catalytic activity of copper compounds in autoxidation reactions”. During his time as a postdoc in Berkeley he began working with the newly developed and related technique of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the hydration of metal complexes. When Wüthrich joined the Bell Labs, he was put in charge of one of the first superconducting NMR spectrometers, and started studying the structure and dynamics of proteins. He has pursued this line of research ever since.
    After returning to Switzerland, Wüthrich collaborated with, among others, Nobel laureate Richard R. Ernst on developing the first two-dimensional NMR experiments, and established the nuclear Overhauser effect as a convenient way of measuring distances within proteins. This research later led to the complete assignment of resonances for among others the bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor and glucagon. In 2002 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution”.
    Wüthrich is also a member on the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Advisory Board, and a supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which campaigns for democratic reform in the United Nations.

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    Kurt Wüthrich Keynote Topics

    The 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Kurt Wüthrich, talks about the importance of science education and chemistry for the future of humanity and how he spent all his life in the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs.

    In biological / biomedical research, as well as in medical diagnosis, the physical principle of nuclear magnetic resonance has found widespread applications. On the one hand, these include obtaining images of macroscopic objects, such as the inside of the human body, and on the other hand, many applications focus on the structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules. Such uses of NMR in structural biology have contributed in many cases to the basic knowledge that allows the rational design of new medications or improvements of medications that are already in clinical use.

    Kurt Wüthrich Speaking Videos

    Kurt Wüthrich - A life-long pursuit of scientific breakthroughs
    Kurt Wüthrich - Physics Principle of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Life Sciences