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Georges Jean Franz Köhler

Georges Jean Franz Köhler
Born March 17, 1946
Died March 1, 1995
Freiburg im Breisgau
Nationality German
Institutions Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology
Known for monoclonal antibodies
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1984

Georges Jean Franz Köhler (Munich, March 17, 1946 – March 1, 1995 in Freiburg im Breisgau) was a German biologist.

Together with César Milstein and Niels K. Jerne, Köhler won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1984, "for work on the immune system and the production of monoclonal antibodies". A portion of this research was performed at the Basel Institute for Immunology.

In 1984 he became director of the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology where he worked until his death.


  • G. Köhler & C. Milstein (1975). "Continuous cultures of fused cells secreting antibody of predefined specificity". Nature 256 (5517): 495. doi:10.1038/256495a0.  
  • István Hargittai (2006). "Köhler’s Invention". Journal Structural Chemistry 17 (1): 161–162. doi:10.1007/s11224-006-9042-0.  
  • Melchers, F (1995), "Georges Köhler (1946-95)", Nature 374 (6522): 498, 1995 Apr 6, doi:10.1038/374498a0, PMID 7700372  
  • Danon, Y L (1996), "[Monoclonal antibodies: George Kohler]", Harefuah 130 (2): 108–9, 1996 Jan 15, PMID 8846970  

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