Robert Huber

Born: February 20, 1937 in München Grammar school and humanistisches Gymnasium in München
Born: February 20, 1937 in München
Grammar school and humanistisches Gymnasium in München
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The Nobel Medal

Curriculum Vitae

Professional education and positions

1960 Diploma in Chemistry, Technische Universität München
1963 Dr. rer. nat., Technische Universität München
1968 Habilitation, Technische Universität München
1972-2005 Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie
2005 Director Emeritus
1976 Apl. Professor, Technische Universität München
2001 Visiting Professor Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
2005 Gastprofessor Universität Duisburg-Essen
2007 Visiting Professor Cardiff University
2013 Emeritus of Excellence, Technische Universität München

Editor: Journal of Molecular Biology.


Member of the Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft;

Member of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Chemie;

Honorary Member of the American Society of Biological Chemists;

Honorary Member of the Swedish Society for Biophysics;

Member of EMBO;

Honorary Member of the Japanese Biochemical Society;

Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften;

Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, Leopoldina;

Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities;

Corresponding Member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts;

Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome;

Member of the Orden Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste;

Associate Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences, Triest;

Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences, USA;

Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology;

Foreign Member of the Royal Society, London;

Honorary Member of the Sociedad Espanola de Bioquimica y Biologia Molecular;

Foreign Member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Korea;

Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi;

President of the foundation board of the "Peter und Traudl Engelhorn Stiftung";

Honorary Member of the Real Academia Sevillana de Ciencias, Spain;

Académico Correspondiente Extranjero of the Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Madrid

Miembro Correspondiente de la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias



E.K.-Frey Medal, Gesellschaft für Chirurgie


Otto-Warburg Medal, Gesellschaft für Biologische Chemie


Emil von Behring Medal, Universität Marburg

1987 Keilin Medal, Biochemical Society, London
1987 Richard-Kuhn Medal, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
1987 Dr. h.c. Université Catholique de Louvain,
1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
1989 E.K.Frey - E. Werle Gedächtnismedaille
1989 Dr .h.c. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
1990 Kone Award, Association of Clinical Biochemists, United Kingdom
1991 Dr. h.c. for Medicine and Surgery, Università Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
1991 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship
1992 Sir Hans Krebs Medal, Federation of European Biochemical Societies
1993 Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst
1993/94 The Linus Pauling Medal
1995 Miami Winter Symposia, The Distinguished Service Award
1997 Max Tishler Prize, Harvard University, USA
1997 Max-Bergmann-Medaille des Max-Bergmann-Kreises zur Förderung der peptidchemischen Forschung
1997 Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz mit Stern und Schulterband der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
2000 Dr. h.c. Universidade Nova de Lisboa
2000 Dr. h.c. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
2002 Honorary Professor, Ocean University, Qingdao
2003 Dr. h.c. Tsinghua University, Peking
2003 Honorary Professor, Peking University, Peking
2003 Honorary Professor, Sichuan University, Chengdu


Honorary Professor, Shanghai Second Medical University, Shanghai


Röntgenplakette der Stadt Remscheid-Lennep


Premio Città di Firenze sulle Scienze Molecolari, Florenz


Honorary Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


‘Lotte Distinguished Professorship’, Seoul National University, Korea

2006 Profesor Honorario de la Universidad de Sevilla
2008 Dr. h.c. Nagoya University, Japan
2009 Distinguished Research Chair Professor, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
2009 Erice Prize- Premio Ettore Majorana

Honorary Professor, Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China

2009 Honorary Director of the Nobel Life Science Research Center, Foshan, China

Dr. h.c. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Republica Argentina


National Medal of the Order ‘Manuel Amador Guerrero’ of the Republic of Panama


Dr. h.c. Universitas Vilnensis, Vilnius, Lithuania

2012 Honorary Professor, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Tianjin, China
2012 Honorary President and Chief Scientific Advisor, Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biotechnology & Medicine, Tianjin, China
2012 Honorary Professor, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China
2012 Dr. h. c. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
2014 Dr. h. c. Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Honorary Professor, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China


Xu Guangqi Medal, SIBS, Shanghai,China


Honorary Professor of European University Cyprus


Honorary Distinguished Professor, Cardiff University, UK


Panama Science Award, Panama


Dr. h. c. Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica


Cross Commander of Order for Merits to Lithuania


Dr. h. c. Jessore University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh


Dr. h. c. Shiraz University, Iran

Professional interests

Structure and function of biological macromolecules, in particular those of large complex aggregates.

Systems studied:

Proteases and their natural and synthetic inhibitors;

metalloenzymes (iron, nickel, molybdenum, copper);

proteins of the immune system (antibodies and antibody receptors);

protein hormones and their receptors; protein kinases;

proteins of amino acid biosynthesis (PLP containing enzymes);

proteins of cofactor and vitamin biosynthesis; proteins of energy and electron transport.

Methods development:

Patterson methods in crystallography;

methods of structure determination of proteins and protein ligand complexes by NMR;

synthesis and use of electron rich metal clusters;

crystal annealing and improvement, methods and instruments;

analysis and evaluation of targets for research and application in pharmacology and crop science.

Co-founder and advisor of two Biotech Companies, Proteros (since 1997) and SuppreMol (since 2005).

Scientific advisor of International Pharma and Crop Science Companies.

The list of publications can be found in the Web :

Abbreviated Version

Robert Huber was born in 1937 in Munich. He studied chemistry at the Technische Universität München (TUM), where he also completed his Ph.D. and habilitation. Since 1972, he has been a member of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie until his retirement in 2005. Since 1976, he also serves at the TUM as a Professor. He holds appointments as Guest Professor at the Universität Duisburg-Essen (Germany), the Cardiff University (Great Britain), the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), and the Seoul National University (Korea). He serves as a member of the Board and/or Scientific Advisory Board of a number of pharmaceutical and crop science companies, and he is co-founder of two companies, Proteros and Suppremol, located in Martinsried and offering services for drug discovery and development and for the development of novel therapies for autoimmune diseases, respectively. Huber has made major contributions to the understanding of the structure and function of biological macromolecules. He has studied proteases and their natural and synthetic inhibitors, metalloenzymes (iron, nickel, molybdenum, copper), proteins of the immune system (antibodies and antibody receptors), protein hormones and their receptors, protein kinases, enzymes of amino acid biosynthesis, enzymes of cofactor and vitamin biosynthesis and proteins of energy and electron transfer. In addition, he has contributed to the development of instruments for data collection and to methods in protein crystallography, particularly Patterson methods, graphic methods, and refinement, to the use of electron rich metal clusters, and most recently to the methods and instruments for crystal improvement. He has been honoured by numerous honorary doctorates, professorships, memberships in learned societies and awards, including the Otto-Warburg Medal, the Emil von Behring Medal, the Sir Hans Krebs Medal, the The Linus Pauling Medal, Max Tishler Prize and, in 1988, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry together with H. Michel and J. Deisenhofer.

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