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24 November 2000

Biophysicist Prof. Kenneth Holmes Awarded the European Latsis Prize

66-year-old British scientist receives prize worth 100,000 Swiss francs for outstanding work in structural biology — Rector Prof. Dr. Jürgen Siebke: "Also an honour for the University of Heidelberg"

The European Science Foundation has awarded the European Latsis Prize to Heidelberg biophysicist Prof. Kenneth Holmes. The 66-year-old British scientist receives the award worth 100,000 Swiss francs in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of structural biology, reports the Max Planck Society. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Siebke, rector of the University of Heidelberg, warmly congratulated Prof. Holmes on this distinction on behalf of the University. The prize, he said, is "not only an honour for you yourself and the Max Planck Institute but also for the University of Heidelberg," of which Holmes has been a member since 1971.

Kenneth Charles Holmes has been Director of the Biophysics Department of Heidelberg's Max Planck Institute of Medical Research since 1971. In his long career he has played a key role in the development of synchrotron radiation for the study of chemical structures involved in biological processes. Born in London in 1934, Holmes is also a leading authority on muscle research, conducting notable investigations on the way the body uses proteins to transform chemical energy into muscle movement.

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Dr. Michael Schwarz
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