[22.02.2017] For the elucidation of the structure of the protein responsible for the photosynthesis of a bacterium, TUM alumnus Rubert Huber, together with Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1988. As an Emeritus of Excellence, Huber is still closely linked to the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Today he celebrates his 80th birthday.
Robert Huber studied, did his doctorate and habilitated in chemistry at the Technical University of Munich. And he remained connected working as a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry. In 1976, TUM appointed Robert Huber as a professor to the Faculty of Chemistry. In 2013 he was bestowed the honorary title of “TUM Emeritus of Excellence”.
Already in his doctoral thesis, he set his focus on crystallography and, in the early 1970s, established a laboratory for protein crystallography. Over the years, he has been able to elucidate the structures of numerous proteins and protein complexes.
For his work on the elucidation of the atomic structure of the photosynthetic reaction center, Huber, together with Johann Deisenhofer and Hartmut Michel, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1988. Even today, the X-ray structure analysis of protein crystals is an important method of several groups at the Technical University of Munich.