After studying engineering for one year, Felix Bloch changes his subject to physics. During the time at the Federal Institute of Technology he also attends courses about the new wave mechanics at the University of Zurich, especially those given by Erwin Schrödinger. Because of that Felix Bloch becomes interested in theoretical physics. He graduates in 1927 and continues his studies at the University of Leipzig with Werner Heisenberg. With a thesis about quantum mechanics of electrons in crystals he gains his PhD in summer of 1928.
Felix Bloch discovers the nuclear magnetic resonance, which is applied to represent the composition and structure of solids and liquids and chemical compounds in 1946.
Konrad Bloch dies at age 88 of congestive heart failure in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Felix Bloch is born to his Jewish parents Gustav and Agnes Bloch (née Mayer) in Zurich, Switzerland.
Felix Bloch is awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physics together with Edward Mills Purcell for their development of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements and discoveries in connection therewith.
Konrad Bloch attends the former "Neisse Gymnasium".
Felix Bloch and the physicist Lore Misch get married. They have three sons and one daughter.
Felix Bloch continues his studies all over Europe and with meaningful scientists: Wolfgang Pauli in Zurich, Niels Bohr in Copenhagen, Enrico Fermi in Rome and Werner Heisenberg in Leipzig.
After his retirement Felix Bloch and his wife return to Zurich, where he dies on 10. September 1983.
Konrad Bloch receives one half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Feodor Lynen "for their discoveries concerning the mechanism and regulation of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism".
After Hitler came to power, Felix Bloch leaves Germany and returns to Switzerland in spring of 1933. He then emigrates to the United States, where he starts to work as a teacher in physics at Stanford University in 1934. Felix Bloch becomes the first professor for theoretical physics at Stanford.
Konrad Bloch enters Munich Technical University. Thanks to Hans Fischer, he develops a great interest for organic chemistry, particularly for the structure of natural products. He attends also the Sessions of the Münchener Chemische Gesellschaft and he hears great organic chemists as Adolph Windaus, Heinrich Wieland and Rudolf Willstätter reporting their researches on steroids, porphyrins and enzymes.
After retirement at Harvard in 1982, Konrad Bloch serves between 1986 and 1989 as the Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Eminent Scholar Chair in the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University.
Konrad Bloch is appointed Assistant Professor of biochemistry at University of Chicago in the department headed by E. A. Evans Jr. Later Bloch becomes an Associate Professor (1948) and Professor (1950). In Chicago he continues working on cholesterol and he also works with J. Snoke on the enzymatic synthesis of the tripeptide glutathione.
Konrad Bloch joins Rudolf Schoenheimer’s research group. Schoenheimer and his associate David Rittenberg are stimulating Bloch's interest in intermediary metabolism and problems of biosynthesis. In 1942, in collaboration with David Rittenberg, Bloch starts working on the biological synthesis of cholesterol.
Konrad Bloch joins the Institute of Organic Chemistry in Zurich as Guggenheim Fellow. Here he works with L. Ruzicka, V. Prelog and their colleagues. Bloch is truly inspired by the biogenetic considerations on terpene-sterol relationships developed by the Swiss.
After his BSc in Chemistry, Konrad Bloch leaves Germany because of the rising discrimination. He accepts a temporary position at the Schweizerische Forschungsinstitut in Davos, Switzerland where he investigates the phospholipids of tubercle bacilli.
Konrad Bloch moves to the United States to enter the Department of Biochemistry, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Here he becomes a graduate student under Hans T. Clarke and earns his Ph.D. in 1938.
Konrad Bloch is born in Nysa (Neisse), once Upper Silesia (Germany) as the son of Fritz Bloch and his wife Hedwig (née Striemer).
Felix Bloch and his colleague Louis W. Alvarez discover a direct proof for the magnetic moment of the free neutrons in 1934. This leads to a collaboration with Alvarez at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1939, in which they determine the magnetic moment of the neutron.
Bloch becomes Higgins Professor at Harvard University, and in 1968 Chairman of the Department. He deepens various aspects of terpene and sterol biogenesis. He studies the 27 carbon atoms in the cholesterol molecule showing that all natural steroid-related substances in humans are derived from cholesterol. He defines many of the steps involved in converting acetate into cholesterol. Bloch also works on the enzymatic formation of unsaturated fatty acids and on biochemical evolution.
Felix Bloch visits the grammar school of the Canton of Zurich and passes his exams in fall of 1924.
Felix Bloch attends the public primary school.
Bloch and Rittenberg notice that the two-carbon compound acetic acid plays a main role in the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Bloch tries to define how acetic acid molecules combine in this process. He is helped by Lynen and his co-workers in Munich and by Sir Warcup Cornforth and Popják in England. Their discovery simplify the research on the relation of blood cholesterol levels to atherosclerosis, research in physiology and on the chemistry of terpenes, rubber and other isoprene derivatives.