Professor Harald Schwalbe Awarded the Prestigious Richard R. Ernst Prize in Magnetic Resonance

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, – July 10, 2022 – Bruker is delighted to announce that Professor Harald Schwalbe of the Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany is this year’s winner of the prestigious Richard R. Ernst Prize in Magnetic Resonance.

Professor Schwalbe is being recognized for his seminal contributions to the development and application of original methods in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy; in particular for the new insight that he and his group have shed on the fields of RNA and DNA folding and regulation, for the elucidation of the folding pathways that ordered and disordered proteins exhibit in vitro, and for ingenious new proposals on how to use NMR for drug screening and drug design leading to practical useful applications. Professor Schwalbe is also being praised for his efforts in the creation of the international scientific “collaboratorium”, to unravel molecular aspects related to the COVID-19 pandemic by NMR and other methods.

Professor Harald Schwalbe of the Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany

Lucio Frydman, Chair of the Award Committee and Professor at the Weizmann Institute

We are thrilled to recognize Prof. Harald Schwalbe with this year’s Richard R. Ernst Prize. Not only is his research with NMR spectroscopy exceptional in its depth and breadth; his work with establishing the COVID-19 NMR Project has led to substantial advancements in the fight against this hideous disease.

Professor Harald Schwalbe of the Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany

I am surprised, overwhelmed, happy, and speechless to accept this great honor. To receive the award in Utrecht is particularly joyful as it reflects the long-standing close interactions in particular between Utrecht, Florence, and Frankfurt but also other European NMR excellence centres .”

The Richard R. Ernst Prize was founded by EUROMAR with sponsor Bruker in 2017 to recognize recent beneficial methods and applications in Magnetic Resonance research. Named after the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awardee Prof. Richard R. Ernst for his seminal contributions to the development of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)


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