Blobel, Dr. Günter
Area of Achievement: Science
German American biologist.
Blobel was born in Waltersdorf (Niegos_awice) in the Prussian
Province of Lower Silesia. He graduated at the University
of Tübingen in 1960 and received his Ph.D. from University
of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967. He was appointed to the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute in 1986.
Blobel was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in
Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that newly synthesized
proteins contain "address tags" which direct them
to the proper location within the cell. This is known as protein
Blobel is also well-known for his direct
and active support for the rebuilding of Dresden in Germany,
becoming, in 1994, the founder and president of the nonprofit
"Friends of Dresden, Inc." He donated all of the
Nobel award money to the restoration of Dresden, in particular
for the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche (completed in 2005)
and the building of a new synagogue.
As of 2003, Blobel works at the Rockefeller
University, New York City. Blobel lives in Manhattan's Upper
East Side with his wife and three English setters. He is also
on the board of directors for Nestlé.
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