Hans von Euler-Chelpin
Biochemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1929
Countries: Germany, Sweden
When the Swedish Academy of Sciences presents the 1929 Nobel Prizes in 1930, he has the shortest journey of all the laureates: Hans von Euler lives in Stockholm since 1897 and is professor of organic chemistry at the university. Before concentrating on the sciences and studying physics under Walther Nernst, he graduates in painting in Munich. For his investigations into the effect of enzymes during alcoholic fermentation, he is awarded, together with Arthur Harden, the highly-coveted prize in chemistry.
Euler’s research interests, however, extend well beyond this subject. He gives a lecture on "Vitamins and Activators" at Harnack House in 1931 and later focuses on cancer research. Despite accepting Swedish citizenship in 1902, he maintains close ties with Germany. The researchers of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society are important partners. And like Otto Warburg, he benefits from funding provided by the Rockefeller Foundation when he becomes Director of the new institute for vitamins and biochemistry in Stockholm in 1929.