Biography

My curriculum vitae has been on my personal page of the University of Lausanne’s website for a long time. Few people had looked at it so far. Suddenly, with the news of the Nobel prize, it became a worldwide buzz almost overnight. All of this because people found it, let’s say, “unusual”.

But why is it so unusual ? Of course, there is little place for creativity in a resume sent to apply for a position in some political institution of international firms – but why not being a little bit imaginative when presenting yourself on your own, personal web page ?

This old CV has been rejuvenated to fit recent developments and has been enriched with commentaries. It is presented below.

Jacques Dubochet

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Short Biography

The long version of Prof. Dubochet's biography

October 1941 Conceived by optimistic parents.

1946 No longer scared of the dark, because the sun comes back; it was Copernicus who explained this.

1948-55 1st part of an experimental scientific career in Vallis and Lausanne (instruments: knives, needles, strings, matches).

1955 First official dyslexic in the canton of Vaud - this permitted being bad at everything ... and to understand those with difficulties.

1962 Federal maturity exam.

1967 Physicist-engineer at EPUL to become biologist.

1968 Very important.

1969 Certificate of Molecular Biology at Geneva to become biophysicist. Began to study electron microscopy of DNA, which remains my main topic.

1973 Thesis in biophysics at Geneva and Basle with Eduard Kellenberger who taught me biophysics, ethical responsibility and durable friendship.

1970 -76 Very classic psychoanalysis.

1978 Group leader at EMBL (Heidelberg); how to introduce water in electron microscopy. Discovery of water vitrification and development of cryo-electron microscopy.

1987 Professor at the UNIL, University of Lausanne, in the Department of Ultrastructural Analyis.

1998 President of the Biology section with the chance to perform this assignment with Nicole Galland and Pierre Hainard, and to live at a moment when interesting things were happening in biology in Lausanne.

2002 End of my assignment. Sabbatical in Australia, Germany and Paris.

2004-7 Maturation of CEMOVIS (cryo-electron microscopy of vitreous sections).

June 2007 Retirement Colloquium.

2007 > Host of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at UNIL. Science and Society for elderly.

4 octobre 2017 Ouch! A Nobel Prize...