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Erwin Neher

Erwin Neher (2007)
Born March 20, 1944(1944-03-20)
Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany
Nationality German
Fields biophysics
Institutions University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison
Yale University
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Alma mater Technical University of Munich
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1991
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 1987

Erwin Neher (born 20 March 1944 in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria) is a German biophysicist.

Erwin Neher studied physics at the Technical University of Munich from 1963 to 1966. In 1966, He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US. He spent a year at the University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison, and earned a Masters Degree in Biophysics.

In 1986, he was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University together with Bert Sakmann. In 1987, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research. Along with Bert Sakmann, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1991 for the development of the patch-clamp technique[1][2][3][4], work Neher began as a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Charles F. Stevens at Yale. He is now a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and heads its Department for Membrane Biophysics. He is also a Professor at the University of Göttingen and a co-chair of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Göttingen.


  1. ^ Neher E, Sakmann B (March 1992). "The patch clamp technique". Scientific American 266 (3): 44‚Äď51. PMID 1374932.  
  2. ^ Neher E (1992). "Correction for liquid junction potentials in patch clamp experiments". Methods in Enzymology 207: 123‚Äď31. doi:10.1016/0076-6879(92)07008-C. PMID 1528115.  
  3. ^ Neher E (September 1988). "The use of the patch clamp technique to study second messenger-mediated cellular events". Neuroscience 26 (3): 727‚Äď34. doi:10.1016/0306-4522(88)90094-2. PMID 2462183.  
  4. ^ Neher E, Sakmann B, Steinbach JH (July 1978). "The extracellular patch clamp: a method for resolving currents through individual open channels in biological membranes". Pfl√ľgers Archiv 375 (2): 219‚Äď28. doi:10.1007/BF00584247. PMID 567789.  


Neher's published works include the following:

  • Elektronische Messtechnik in der Physiologie. Berlin, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1974.
  • Single-channel recording / edited by Bert Sakmann and Erwin Neher. New York : Plenum Press, c1983. ISBN 0306414198
  • Single-channel recording / edited by Bert Sakmann and Erwin Neher. 2nd ed. New York : Plenum Press, c1995. ISBN 030644870X

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