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Fritz Albert Lipmann Discovers the Process by Which Cells Make Available the Energy to Drive Their Manufacturing Processes

1941 to 1945
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Fritz Albert Lipmann

In 1945 German-American biochemist Fritz Albert Lipmann co-discovered coenzyme A (CoA) and its importance for intermediary metabolism. For this and other research on coenzyme A Lipmann shared the 1953 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Biology with Sir Hans Krebs. In “Metabolic Generation and Utilization of Phosphate Bond Energy,” Advances in Enzymology 1 (1941) 99-162 Lipmann illuminated “the process by which cells make available the energy to drive their manufacturing processes” (Judson, Eighth Day of Creation, 246-48, quote from p.  245).


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