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Robert Eric Betzig (Howard Hughes Medical Institute).

It is a great pleasure and honor for the photonics community in Jena, that Nobel Laureate Prof. Robert Eric will give a talk on October 8, 2015 at 5 p.m. in the series of the Noble Talks which are organized by Beutenberg e.V. Eric Betzig worked to develop the field of fluorescence microscopy and photoactivated localization microscopy. He was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy along with Stefan Hell and fellow Cornell alumnus William E. Moerner.

In field of microscopy he founded a firm known as New Millennium Research. Inspired by the work of Mike Davidson and his fluorescent proteins, he developed photoactivated localization microscopy (PALM), a method of controlling fluorescent proteins using pulses of light to create images of a higher resolution than previously thought possible. In the living room of his old Bell Labs collaborator, Harald Hess, they developed the first optical microscope based on this technology. They built their first prototype in less than two months, gathering widespread attention.

In early 2006 Betzig had joined the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus as a group leader to work on developing super high-resolution fluorescence microscopy techniques. He used this technique to study the devision of cells in human embryos. In 2010, he was offered the Max Delbruck Prize, but he declined it allowing Xiaowei Zhuang to receive the award. In 2014, Betzig was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Stefan Hell and William E. Moerner.

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