The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has Just been Awarded To Richard Henderson Born 19 July 1945 is a Scottish Molecular Biologist and Biophysicist and Pioneer in the Field of Electron Microscopy of Biological Molecules.
Henderson worked on the structure and mechanism of Chymotrypsin for his Ph.D. with David Blow at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. This interest in Membrane proteins led to him Working on voltage-gated sodium channels as a post-doctoral researcher at Yale University. Returning to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in 1975, Henderson Worked with Nigel Unwin to Study the Structure of the Membrane Protein Bacteriorhodopsin by Electron Microscopy.
Henderson was educated at Boroughmuir High School and Edinburgh University B.Sc. Hons in Physics, 1st Class. He completed his PhD research under the supervision of David Blow at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Received the Degree from Cambridge University in 1969. He has worked at the Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB) in Cambridge Since 1973, and was its director between 1996 and 2006. He was also a visiting professor at the Miller Institute of the University of California, Berkeley in Spring 1993. He is currently a Mentor for the Academy of Medical Sciences Mentoring Scheme.
He Received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson "for Developing Cryo-electron Microscopy for the High-Resolution Structure Determination of Biomolecules in Solution.