29 May 1924 |
|Institutions||University of California, San Diego|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Notable awards||Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1976)
Max Delbruck Prize (1982)
Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2006/7)
Birth and education
George Feher was born in Czechoslovakia in 1924. His family-name is Hungarian and means white. When the Nazis came in, he made his way overland to Israel (then called Palestine.) He worked for the Jewish underground for Israel Independence. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree (1950), master’s degree (1951) and doctorate (1954).
After completing his PhD, he worked as a physicist at Bell Laboratories and Columbia University. In 1960, he became a professor of Physics at University of California, San Diego. Since then, he has been a professor at UCSD.
His main research was to uncover the basic mechanisms for how plants and bacteria use photosynthesis to convert light into chemical energy. His contributions to science were the development of spectroscopic tools and their applications, in particular, to problems in biochemistry and biophysics.
In 2006/07, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry along with Ada Yonath of Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel for "ingenious structural discoveries of the ribosomal machinery of peptide-bond formation and the light-driven primary processes in photosynthesis".