Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen
Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen (6 April 1911 6 August 1979) was a German
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Feodor Lynen was born in Munich, Germany on 6 April 1911. He started his studies at the chemistry department of Munich University in 1930 and graduated in March 1937 under Heinrich Wieland
Heinrich Otto Wieland
Heinrich Otto Wieland was a German chemist. He won the 1927 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research into the bile acids. In 1901 Wieland received his doctorate at the University of Munich while studying under Johannes Thiele...

 with the work: "On the Toxic Substances in Amanita". After several years of lecturing there, Lynen became professor at the Munich University in 1947. From 1954 onwards he was director of the Max-Planck Institute for Cellular Chemistry in Munich, which was merged into the newly founded Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
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 in 1972.

In 1964 he won the Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
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 in Medicine
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 and Physiology
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 together with Konrad Bloch
Konrad Emil Bloch
Konrad Emil Bloch ForMemRS was a German American biochemist. Bloch received Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1964 for discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism.-Biography:Bloch was born in Neisse in the German Empire's Prussian...

 for their discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of cholesterol
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 and fatty acid metabolism
Fatty acid metabolism
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. He gave his Nobel Lecture on 11 December 1964 titled "The Pathway from Activated Acetic Acid to the Terpenes and Fatty Acids".

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