Fritz Albert Lipmann

Fritz Albert Lipmann

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Born(1899-06-12)June 12, 1899
Königsberg, Germany
DiedJuly 24, 1986(1986-07-24) (aged 87)
Other namesFritz Lippmann
Alma mater
Known forCo-discoverer in 1945 of coenzyme A
Spouse(s)Elfreda M. Hall Lipmann (m. 1931)
Scientific career

Fritz Albert Lipmann (June 12, 1899 – July 24, 1986) was a German-American biochemist and a co-discoverer in 1945 of coenzyme A. For this, together with other research on coenzyme A, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1953 (shared with Hans Adolf Krebs).[1]

Early life and eduation

Lipmann was born in Königsberg, Germany, to a Jewish family. His parents were Gertrud (Lachmanski) and Leopold Lipmann, an attorney.[2]

Lipmann studied medicine at the University of Königsberg, Berlin, and Munich, graduating in Berlin in 1924. He returned to Königsberg to study chemistry under Professor Hans Meerwein. In 1926 he joined Otto Meyerhof at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, Berlin, for his Ph.D. thesis. After that he followed Meyerhof to Heidelberg to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Medical Research.