Professor Stefan W. Hell studied physics at the University of Heidelberg where he received a Ph.D. in 1990 and a habilitation in 1996. He has also worked at the University of Turku, Finland, the University of Oxford, and since 2002, he is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. Prof. Hell was honored with the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry because of his pioneering work in the field of ultra-high resolution fluorescence microscopy. He succeeded in radically overcoming the resolution limit of conventional optical microscopes – a breakthrough that has enabled new ground-breaking discoveries in biological and medical research. His innovation is called the Stimulation Emission Depletion microscope and Prof. Hell's close ties with UCLA mean that UCLA labs are some of the first to acquire and work with this technology.
About the Glenn T. Seaborg Medal
The Glenn T. Seaborg Medal was established in 1987 by the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to honor individuals for their significant contributions to chemistry and biochemistry. The medal is awarded annually. The recipient is chosen by the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Executive Committee. Dr. Seaborg's life, work and contributions are best characterized by one word - excellence.
To learn more, please read Dr. Seaborg's biography. For a list of previous Seaborg Medal recipients please visit the past recipients webpage.