Swiss biophysicist known for his work on cryo-electron microscopy for determining the structure of biomolecules in solution. Dubochet won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017.
Jacques Dubochet was born in Aigle, Switzerland. He studied physics at École Polytechnique at the University of Lausanne and subsequently molecular biology at the University of Geneva where he studied electron microscopy. He completed his doctoral thesis on biophysics at the University of Geneva and the University of Basel in 1973. From 1978 to 1987 he worked at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg and later at the University of Lausanne. In 1987, Dubochet was appointed professor in the Department of Ultrastructural Analysis at the University of Lausanne and director of the Electron Microscopy Centre. From 1998 to 2002, he was head of the university's Biology Department. Jacques Dubochet is retired and does volunteer work. He has stated that he intends to take advantage of his sudden fame to raise awareness of issues he cares deeply about, like migration and climate change