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Nobel Laureate Joachim Frank was appointed TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor
Nobel Laureate Joachim Frank was appointed TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor
Image: Kurt Bauer
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Nobel Laureate in Chemistry receives honorary title from his Alma Mater

TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professorship for Joachim Frank

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Prof. Joachim Frank was appointed Distinguished Affiliated Professor of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) yesterday. He also gave a ceremonial address and a lecture for students of his alma mater. Frank received his doctorate at TUM in 1970.

Joachim Frank, Jacques Dubochet and Richard Henderson received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 for their groundbreaking work on the development of cryo-electron microscopy. This method, in which samples are cooled with liquid nitrogen, makes it possible to determine the three-dimensional shape of proteins under the electron microscope.

Joachim Frank completed his doctorate at TUM in 1970. In continuation of the work of his doctoral supervisor Prof. Walter Hoppe, he succeeded in developing a strategy that can calculate a three-dimensional image of the structure from many high-resolution, two-dimensional images of an electron microscope. Today, Joachim Frank is researching at the Columbia University in New York.

  • Vice President Prof. Thomas Hofmann, Prof. Joachim Frank and President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann (from left to right).
    Vice President Prof. Thomas Hofmann, Prof. Joachim Frank and President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann (from left to right). Image: Uli Benz
  • Joachim Frank during his lecture "Single-particle cryo-EM - the path to atomic resolution" the Garching campus
    Joachim Frank during his lecture "Single-particle cryo-EM - the path to atomic resolution" the Garching campus Image: Kurt Bauer
  • Joachim Frank during his speech at the TUM-Institute for Advanced Study.
    Joachim Frank during his speech at the TUM-Institute for Advanced Study. Image: Kurt Bauer
  • TUM alumni and Nobel Prize winners: Prof. Joachim Frank and Prof. Robert Huber.
    TUM alumni and Nobel Prize winners: Prof. Joachim Frank and Prof. Robert Huber. Image: Uli Benz
  • Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann giving his laudatio.
    Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann giving his laudatio. Image: Uli Benz
  • The festivities took place in TUM's Tschira Forum.
    The festivities took place in TUM's Tschira Forum. Image: Uli Benz

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Räumliche Struktur des alphaB-Crystallins. Die Struktur wurde unter anderem mit Hilfe von kryo-elektronenmikroskopischen Messungen ermittelt. (Bild: Andi Mainz / TUM)

Nobelprize for TUM-Alumnus Prof. Joachim Frank

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson today were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry 2017 for their groundbreaking work on the development of cryo-electron microscopy. Joachim Frank did his doctoral...