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biophysicist , university professor

Erwin Neher, German biophysicist, research scientist. Co-recipient Nobel prize physiology or medicine, 1991; recipient Louisa Gross-Horwitz award Columbia University, New York City, 1986, Leibniz award Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn, 1986, Gairdner Foundation award, 1989.


Neher was born in Landsberg am Lech, Upper Bavaria, the son of Elisabeth (née Pfeiffer), a teacher, and Franz Xaver Neher, an executive at a dairy company.


Master of Science, University Wisconsin, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, Technology University, Munich, 1970.


In 1966, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US. He spent a year at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and earned a master's degree in biophysics. In 2003 Neher was one of 22 Nobel Laureates who signed the Humanist Manifesto. In 1986, he was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University together with Bert Sakmann.

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.


  • Neher was awarded an Honorary degree from the University of Pavia in 2000. He was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1994.


[Royal Society; German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. National Academy of Sciences. North Rhine-Westphalia Academy for Sciences and Arts.

European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Göttingen Academy of Sciences]\r\nHe was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1994.


Married Eva-Maria Ruhr, December 26, 1978. Children: Richard, Benjamin, Carola, Sigmund, Margret.

Franz Xaver Neher

Elisabeth (Pfeiffer) Neher

Eva-Maria Ruhr

Margret Neher

Sigmund Neher

Richard Neher

Carola Neher

Benjamin Neher