Not many people can say their grandfather won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, nor can they say their family escaped the Holocaust.
David Meyerhof, however, can add that he visited his grandfather’s history-making laboratory to his list of family trivia when he returns from a trip to Germany in May.
Meyerhof, along with his 24-year-old son Matthew Meyerhof — a John Burroughs High School graduate — were invited by the town of Heidelberg, Germany, to visit the place where his father grew up, the medical center named after his grandfather and the laboratory where Otto Meyerhof performed his Nobel Prize-winning research in biochemistry.
The Meyerhof family last made this trip 10 years ago when the namesake medical center was dedicated. The Otto Meyerhof Centre for Outpatient Care and Clinical Research is the first of its kind in Germany to be dedicated to a Jewish scientist and professor, according to David Meyerhof.