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.
- Since 2007, TUM awards Distinguished Affiliated Professorships to internationally outstanding scientists and scholars, who with this also become members of the of the TUM Departments putting forth their nominations.
- “I wanted to do it differently” – interview with TUM alumnus Joachim Frank