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Fritz A. Lipmann M.D.,Ph.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1953
Co-Nobelist Hans Krebs
National Medal of Science - Biological Sciences 1966

Physician, Biochemist. Discovered co-enzyme A, its importance for intermediary metabolism. Identified serine phosphate as constituent of phosphoproteins which contain phosphate. CMP represents metabolically active carbamyl donor.

Liljestrand, Science Academy: …Regarding fundamental discoveries laymen ask for immediate practical application. Counter question of Benjamin Franklin: Of what use is a new-born baby?


Lipmann had many interests other than science. In the 1920s Berlin was known for art and science. Lipmann was interested in paintings and in the theatre. His dramatist brother worked with the director of the Staatstheater, Leopold Jessner. In 1926 painter Friedel Sebba made a portrait of Lipmann and his brother Heinz. Lipmann spent time with Friedel Sebba.

Painting Tim Tompkins - PaintHistory.org

Name: Fritz Albert Lipmann
Birth: 12 June 1899, Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad), Germany (now Russia)
Death: 24 July 1986, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Institution: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Award: "for his discovery of co-enzyme A and its importance for intermediary metabolism"
Subject: biochemistry, cell physiology, metabolism
Portion of cash: 1/2
Defining Moments
Honoring Fritz Lipmann
Work Environment Doctoral/Post Doc Advisor/Mentor: Hans Meerwein and Otto Meyerhof, Medicine Nobelist 1922. Kaiser-Wilhelm/Max-Planck Institutes, Berlin.
Co-author, Thesis, M.D.: With Peter Rona, on colloid chemistry (1924). University of Berlin. Rona taught three Nobel prizewinners: Ernst B. Chain, Hans Krebs and Fritz Lipmann.