Avram Hershko life and biography

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Avram Hershko biography

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Date of death : -
Birthplace : Karcag, Hungary
Nationality : Hungarian-Israelian
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-09-16
Credited as : biochemist, protein, Nobel Prize for Chemistry

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Avram Hershko's father was forced into slave labor for the Nazis, then captured by Russian forces, who also used him as a slave. The rest of his family, including Hershko himself, were among the Jews destined for exported to Auschwitz, and his grandparents were killed there. By an anonymous bribe, however, a few randomly selected cattle cars were diverted to Austria instead, and through this quirk of fate the Hershko family survived. He was a toddler when he left Hungary, and 13 when his family relocated to Israel.

Hershko won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004, for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation, the means by which the cells of most living things discard unnecessary proteins. Hershko conducted his research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center about thirty-five years before winning his Nobel honors, shared with his collaborators, Aaron Ciechanover and Irwin Rose. On the day the prizes were announced, he was on a picnic with his grandchildren, and he first heard the news when he heard his name on a radio newscast.

He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion in Haifa.


Lasker Award 2000
Nobel Prize for Chemistry YEAR (with Aaron Ciechanover and Irwin Rose)
National Academy of Sciences

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