primary and secondary schooling in Munich, and in 1930 matriculated at the chemistry department of Munich University
The most enduring impression was left by Heinrich Wieland, who had won the Nobel Prize
for Chemistry in 1927 and under whom Lynen
graduated in March 1937 with the work: «On the Toxic Substances in Amanita».
...Lynen has also remained faithful to Munich University, where he became a chemistry lecturer in 1942, assistant professor in 1947, and biochemistry professor in 1953.
In 1954 Lynen
received the Neuberg Medal of the American Society of European Chemists and Pharmacists
, in 1955 the Liebig Commemorative Medal of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
, in 1961 the Carus Medal of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher «Leopoldina», and in 1963 the Otto Warburg Medal of the Gesellschaft für Physiologische Chemie.He is a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Munich and of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher «Leopoldina» in Halle, honorary member of the Harvey Society in New York, the American Society of Biological Chemists in Washington, the Asociacion Venezolana para el Avance de la Ciencia in Caracas, foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in Washington, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Boston.He has received an honorary doctorate from the faculty of medicine of the University of Freiburg i. Br.