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Manfred Eigen

Manfred Eigen, Göttingen 1996
Born May 9, 1927 (1927-05-09) (age 89)[1][2]
Bochum, Germany
Nationality German
Fields Biophysical chemistry

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Braunschweig University of Technology

Alma mater University of Göttingen
Thesis Ermittlung der molekularen Struktur reiner Flüssigkeiten und Lösungen aus thermischen und kalorischen Eigenschaften (1951)
Doctoral advisor Arnold Eucken[3]
Doctoral students

Geoffrey Hoffman[citation needed]
Christoph Mayer[3]
Dietmar Porschke[citation needed]
Katja Nieselt-Struwe[3]

Known for

Chemical reactions
Quasispecies model

Notable awards

Otto Hahn Prize (1962)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1967)[4]
ForMemRS (1973)[5]


Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
A theory has only the alternative of being right or wrong. A model has a third possibility: it may be right, but irrelevant.
Manfred Eigen
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.
Manfred Eigen
A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.
Manfred Eigen