Meyerhof, Otto

(b. April 12, 1884, Hanover, Ger.--d. Oct. 6, 1951, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.), German biochemist who shared with Archibald V. Hill the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1922 for research on the chemical reactions of metabolism in muscle. His work on the glycogen-lactic acid cycle remains a basic contribution to the understanding of muscular action, despite revisions resulting from the later research of others.

After receiving his M.D. from the University of Heidelberg (1909), Meyerhof held posts in physiology and physical chemistry at Kiel and other German universities. From 1929 to 1938 he headed the department of physiology at the Kaiser Wilhelm (now Max Planck) Institute for Medical Research at Heidelberg. After two years in Paris, he served as research professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He lectured widely in England and the U.S. and wrote The Chemical Dynamics of Life Phenomena (1924).





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