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During the ceremony of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry 2015, Stefan Hell, Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, was awarded a honorary membership of the DBG in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements. We congratulate him and honor him with a duel against Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon Lee Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D., is a fictional character in the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory.

Name Sheldon Cooper Stefan Hell
Second Name Leonard Walter
Research area Theoretical physics Chemistry, Physics
Research topics String theory / Dark matter Super-resolution microscopy
Important Quotes “A neutron walks into a bar and asks how much for a drink. The bartender replies, ‘For you, no charge.’” It's not just a theory or just a thought - it is true.
Age of receiving the first PhD


(Univ. Texas)


(1990 Univ. Heidelberg)

Current affiliation California Institute of Technology (CalTech) Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry /  German Cancer Research Center /  Heidelberg University Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
No. of publications a lot 337+
Award Stevenson Award Nobel Prize 2014
Most recent award
Caltech Chancellor's Award for Science
Honorary membership of the German Bunsen Society of Physical Chemistry (DBG)
Country of birth Galveston,TX, USA Sântana, Romania
Year of birth 1980 1962
Marital status contractual relationship married, 2 sons & 1 daughter
    Photocredit frontpage image:Bernd Schuller, Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie, CC BY-SA 3.0

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