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Stefan Hell

Director, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany

Stefan Hell, a Nobel Prize laureate and trailblazer in biophysical chemistry for decades, has spent much of his career developing microscopy techniques to break spatial-resolution barriers.

Not only did his work lay the foundation for a new scientific field – super-resolution fluorescence microscopy or fluorescence nanoscopy – but it also garnered the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. This prize takes its place alongside a range of some 35 awards and honors as well as memberships. Stefan Hell’s innovative approach uses novel fluorescence microscopes with diffraction-unlimited spatial resolution, which makes it possible to track processes occurring in living cells.

Following the completion of his doctorate at the University of Heidelberg in 1990, Dr. Hell worked at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany; the University of Turku in Finland; and the University of Oxford in the U.K. In 1997, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, where he has been serving as Director since 2002.

Dr. Hell is also an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Heidelberg, Honorary Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Göttingen, and Honorary Professor at the Faculty for Physics and Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg.