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12 February 1886|
|Died||7 November 1944
New York City, United States
|Residence||Germany, United States|
|Institutions||Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Leather Research|
|Doctoral advisor||Hermann Emil Fischer|
|Known for||Carboxybenzyl protecting group|
Life and work
Bergmann was the first director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Leather Research in Dresden, which was created in 1921 and upon which the Max-Planck-Institute was based. He developed the Bergmann-Zervas carbobenzoxy method for the synthesis of polypeptides.
Bergmann left Germany and his institute in the year 1933 and was active thereafter at Rockefeller University in New York City. There he was the main scientist for protein chemistry and contributed considerably to the fact that the United States reached a top position in the area of molecular biology. Two eventual Nobel Prize winners (William Howard Stein and Stanford Moore) worked in his laboratory.
In the year 2002 in Dresden, the Max Bergmann Center was created.
- Winfried R. Pötsch, Annelore Fischer, and Wolfgang Müller with contributions of Heinz Cassenbaum: Lexikon bedeutender Chemiker, VEB Bibliographisches Institut Leipzig, 1988, p. 40, ISBN 3-323-00185-0.
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