Otto Fritz Meyerhof

Otto Fritz Meyerhof

Otto Fritz Meyerhof

Birth : (1884-04-12)12 April 1884 Hanover,Kingdom of Prussia,German Empire

Death : October 6, 1951(1951-10-06)(aged 67) Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, United States

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Name Otto Fritz Meyerhof
Birth (1884-04-12)12 April 1884 Hanover,Kingdom of Prussia,German Empire
Birth Place Hanover,Kingdom of Prussia,German Empire
Death (1951-10-06)(aged 67) Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, United States
Died At Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality German
Alma Mater University of Strasbourg University of Heidelberg University of Berlin
Fields PhysicsandBiochemistry
Institution University of Kiel)
Famous Research Relationship between the consumption of oxygen and themetabolismoflactic acidin the muscle

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Otto Fritz Meyerhof (April 12, 1884 – October 6, 1951) was a German physician and biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1922.


In 1888, his family moved to Berlin, where Otto spent most of his childhood, and where he started his study of medicine.


He continued these studies in Strasbourg and Heidelberg, from which he graduated in 1909, with a work titled "Contributions to the Psychological Theory of Mental Illness".


They married in 1914 and became parents of a daughter, Bettina, and two sons, Gottfried (who referred, after emigration, to himself as Geoffrey) as well as Walter.


In 1912, Otto Meyerhof moved to the University of Kiel, where he received a professorship in 1918.


In 1922, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, with Archibald Vivian Hill, for his work on muscle metabolism, including glycolysis.


In 1929 he became one of the directors of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Medical Research, a position he held until 1938.


Escaping the Nazi regime, he emigrated to Paris in 1938.


He then moved to the United States in 1940, where he was appointed a guest professorship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.