|Born||June 13, 1916
|Died||November 14, 2004
University of Heidelberg
|Alma mater||University of Karlsruhe (TH)|
|Known for||first synthesis of Insulin|
Helmut Zahn (* June 13, 1916 in Erlangen; † November 14, 2004 in Aachen) was a German chemist who is often credited as the first to synthesize Insulin in 1963. His results synthesizing insulin were achieved almost simultaneously with that of Panayotis Katsoyannis at the University of Pittsburgh. His work was not honoured by the Nobel prize because in 1958 Frederick Sanger was the first who discovered the chemical structure of Insulin.
Helmut Zahn studied chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and received his PhD in 1940. He habilitated at the University of Heidelberg and became director of the Deutsches Wollforschungsinstitut at the RWTH Aachen University in 1952.
Decorations and awards
- Honorary doctorates from the Universities of Barcelona, Belfast, Bradford, Dusseldorf, Leeds and Liege.
- 1979: Austrian Decoration for Science and Art
- 1987: Wilhelm Exner Medal
- Goro, Fritz (1964-05-08). "First Man-made Protein in History". Life (New York, NY: Time, Inc.) 56 (19): 47–9. doi:10.1080/15216540310001659029. PMID 14992380. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
- Federwisch, Matthias; Dieken, Markus Leyck; De Meyts, Pierre, eds. (2002). Insulin & Related Proteins – Structure to Function and Pharmacology. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. ix. ISBN 1-4020-0655-1. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
- "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 548. Retrieved 4 February 2013.