Robert Huber

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Robert Huber
Robert Huber at the 2010 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Born (1937-02-20) February 20, 1937 (age 85)
Nationality Germany
Fields Biochemist
Alma mater Technical University Munich
Notable students Peter Colman (postdoc)[1][2][3]
Known for Cyanobacteria Crystallography
Notable awards

Robert Huber ForMemRS[5] is a German biochemist and Nobel laureate.[6][7][8][9][10]

Education and early life

He was born 20 February 1937 in Munich where his father, Sebastian, was a bank cashier. He was educated at the Humanistisches Karls-Gymnasium from 1947 to 1956 and then studied chemistry at the Technische Hochschule, receiving his diploma in 1960. He stayed, and did research into using crystallography to elucidate the structure of organic compounds.


In 1971 he became a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry where his team developed methods for the crystallography of proteins.

In 1988 he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry jointly with Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel. The trio were recognized for their work in first crystallizing an intramembrane protein important in photosynthesis in purple bacteria, and subsequently applying X-ray crystallography to elucidate the protein's structure.[11] The information provided the first insight into the structural bodies that performed the integral function of photosynthesis. This insight could be translated to understand the more complex analogue of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria[12] which is essentially the same as that in chloroplasts of higher plants.

In 2006, he took up a post at the Cardiff University to spearhead the development of Structural Biology at the university on a part-time basis.[13]

Since 2005 he has been doing research at the Center for medical biotechnology of the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Huber was one of the original editors of the Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Awards and honours

In 1977 Huber was Awarded the Otto Warburg Medal.[14] In 1988 he was awarded the Nobel Prize and in 1992 the Sir Hans Krebs Medal.[15] Huber was elected a member of Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, in 1993 [16] and Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1999.[5] His certificate of election reads:

Personal life

Huber is married with four children.[citation needed]


  1. Huber, R; Deisenhofer, J; Colman, P. M.; Matsushima, M; Palm, W (1976). "Crystallographic structure studies of an IgG molecule and an Fc fragment". Nature. 264 (5585): 415–20. doi:10.1038/264415a0. PMID 1004567.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Huber, R; Deisenhofer, J; Colman, P. M.; Epp, O; Fehlhammer, H; Palm, W (1976). "Proceedings: X-ray diffraction analysis of immunoglobulin structure". Hoppe-Seyler's Zeitschrift fur physiologische Chemie. 357 (5): 614–5. PMID 964922.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Colman, P. M.; Deisenhofer, J; Huber, R (1976). "Structure of the human antibody molecule Kol (immunoglobulin G1): An electron density map at 5 a resolution". Journal of molecular biology. 100 (3): 257–78. PMID 1255713.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Certificate of election EC/1999/43: Huber, Robert". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-10-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Professor Robert Huber ForMemRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-10-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Engh, R. A.; Huber, R. (1991). "Accurate bond and angle parameters for X-ray protein structure refinement". Acta Crystallographica Section a Foundations of Crystallography. 47 (4): 392. doi:10.1107/S0108767391001071.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Groll, M; Ditzel, L; Löwe, J; Stock, D; Bochtler, M; Bartunik, H. D.; Huber, R (1997). "Structure of 20S proteasome from yeast at 2.4 a resolution". Nature. 386 (6624): 463–71. doi:10.1038/386463a0. PMID 9087403.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Deisenhofer, J.; Epp, O.; Miki, K.; Huber, R.; Michel, H. (1984). "X-ray structure analysis of a membrane protein complex". Journal of Molecular Biology. 180 (2): 385. doi:10.1016/S0022-2836(84)80011-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Robert Huber autobiographical information at
  10. Huber, R.; Swanson, R. V.; Deckert, G.; Warren, P. V.; Gaasterland, T.; Young, W. G.; Lenox, A. L.; Graham, D. E.; Overbeek, R.; Snead, M. A.; Keller, M.; Aujay, M.; Feldman, R. A.; Short, J. M.; Olsen, G. J. (1998). "The complete genome of the hyperthermophilic bacterium Aquifex aeolicus". Nature. 392 (6674): 353. Bibcode:1998Natur.392..353D. doi:10.1038/32831. PMID 9537320.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Deisenhofer, J.; Epp, O.; Miki, K.; Huber, R.; Michel, H. (1985). "Structure of the protein subunits in the photosynthetic reaction centre of Rhodopseudomonas viridis at 3Å resolution". Nature. 318 (6047): 618. doi:10.1038/318618a0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Guskov, A.; Kern, J.; Gabdulkhakov, A.; Broser, M.; Zouni, A.; Saenger, W. (2009). "Cyanobacterial photosystem II at 2.9-Å resolution and the role of quinones, lipids, channels and chloride". Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. 16 (3): 334–42. doi:10.1038/nsmb.1559. PMID 19219048.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Nobel chemist joins Cardiff University". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Otto-Warburg-Medal". GBM. Retrieved 12 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Superstars of Science". Retrieved 12 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Curriculum vitae". Max Planck Institute. Retrieved 11 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>