Georges Kohler was one of the most prominent German scientists of recent history. In 1984, at an age of 38, he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with N.K. Jerne and C. Milstein, for inventing the technique for generating monoclonal antibodies. This method and its subsequent applications had an enormous impact on basic research, medicine and the biotech industry. In the same year, Kohler became one of the directors of the Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg; his unfortunate premature death in 1995 set an end to his extraordinary career. Prof. Klaus Eichmann, who had invited Kohler to become his codirector, is one of the people who were closest to him. This scientific biography commemorates the 10th anniversary of Kohler's untimely death. Kohler's scientific achievements are explained in a way to make them understandable for the general public and discussed in the historical context of immunological research.
The time before.- A short history of the antibody problem.- The immunological scene around Kohler.- Kohler's entry into science.- The quest for monoclonal antibodies.- Cell fusion.- Kohler in Cambridge.- Back in Basel.- The patent disaster.- The time after.- The Max-Planck-Institute of Immunobiology.- Getting Kohler to Freiburg.- "Kohler's Max-Planck-Institute".- Human relations.- Post-Nobel science I.- Post-Nobel science II.- Kohler's death.- Magic bullet.- The antibody problem today - not quite solved.
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