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School Life 1
Wüthrich works on chemistry on farm at home and in high school, where his interest in chemistry and physics is encouraged by demanding, well-trained professors. Attends University of Bern, but leaves to attend University of Basel in order to get University degree to be sports instructor. Earns degree equivalent to M.S. in sports.
Ph.D. at Basel 2
Starts working on Ph.D. in chemistry in fall of 1962. Works with thesis advisor, Professor Silvio Fallab, who supports Wüthrich's independent interests in spectroscopy. Studies EPR spectroscopy and realizes there are missing pieces in previous research. Works with EPR machine on copper proteins. Completes doctorate by March 1964. Starts work with vanadyl complexes.
Research at Berkeley 5
Travels to Berkeley to do postdoctoral research, starts to establish the theoretical foundation for the work that he had published previously. Works in the group of Robert E. Connick where he does research on physics of EPR and NMR spectroscopy, in particular spin-relaxation studies. Continues work with vanadyl ions.
Bell Telephone Laboratories 6
Wüthrich accepts job at Bell Labs to use techniques from his research to continue work with vanadyl ions and study enzymes. Begins to focus on NMR work with hemoproteins.
Appointment at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland 8
Returns to Switzerland, after accepting an appointment there in response to his groundbreaking research at Bell Labs. Discovers ring flips in proteins which sparks controversy with crystallographers and eventually contributes to acceptance of NMR spectroscopy as a key technique in structural biology.
Final Thoughts 13
Wüthrich has ongoing protein research program at ETH Zürich. Does research at the La Jolla-based Joint Center for Structural Genomics (JCSG) of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California and works to further advance NMR methods for structural biology and structural genomics.