The Power List 2015
Director and Scientific Member, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany.
Most important lesson Listen to your co‑workers. Don’t ignore mice since they could become elephants.
Encounters with serendipity When a co‑worker of mine – Jürgen Schleucher – was experimenting with recently published pulse sequence and magnetic field gradients, he noticed that half of the scans were empty. This lead to a general approach to coherence selection in NMR and later to theoretical investigations that could be solved with the help of the mathematician Sieveking.
Eye on the horizon My field is driven by technological developments by the instrument builders, improvement of the methodology and sample preparation – I believe that all three of these areas will continue developing.