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Rudolf Kurt Thauer

Rudolf Kurt Thauer, German microbiologist and researcher. Named A.J. Kluyver Memorial lecturer, University Delft, 1995, Albert Neuberger lecturer in tetrapyrrole Science Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1997, Marjory Stephenson prize lecturer, 1998.


  • Thauer, Rudolf Kurt was born on October 5, 1939 in Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany. Son of Rudolf and Charlotte (Kalberlah) Thauer.

  • Education

    • Diploma in Biochemistry, University Tübingen, Germany, 1966. Doctor rerum naturalium, University Freiburg, Germany, 1968.


    • Assistant professor University Freiburg, 1971-1972. Guest scientist University Cleveland, 1972. Associate professor University Bochum, Germany, 1972-1976.

      Professor University Marburg, Germany, since 1976, director Max-Planck Institute for Terrestric Microbiology Germany, since 1991. Vice president Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Bonn, Germany, 1983-1987. Shimizu visiting professor Stanford University, 1999.

      Wellcome visiting professor Burroughs Wellcome Fund, University Wisconsin, Madison, 2000.


    • Contributor over 350 science papers to professional journals.


    Recipient Otto-Warburg-Medaille, Gesellschaft fü Biologische Chemie, 1984, Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz prize Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn, 1986, Carus prize and medal Leopoldina, Schweinfurt, Germany, 1993. Member Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Academia Europaea, Academie der Wissenschaften (Dannie-Heinemann prize 1986), Rehin, Westf. Akademie der Wissenschaften (correspondent member).


    • Married Helga Krebel, July 20, 1968. Children: Kattrin, Jenny, Christian.
    • father: Rudolf Thauer
    • mother: Charlotte (Kalberlah) Thauer
    • spouse: Helga Krebel
    • children: Kattrin Thauer
    • Jenny Thauer
    • Christian Thauer
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    Born October 5, 1939
    • 1966
      University Tübingen
    • 1968
      University Freiburg
    • 1971 - 1972
      Assistant, professor University Freiburg
    • 1972 - 1976
      associate, professor University Bochum
    • 1972
      guest scientist, University Cleveland
    • 1976
      professor, University Marburg