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Johannes C.G. Ottow

Johannes C.G. Ottow, German microbiology educator, researcher. Recipient Sprengel-Liebig medal in Gold for outstanding achievements in soil microbiology, 1999.


  • Ottow, Johannes C.G. was born on September 4, 1935 in Madioen, Java, Indonesia. Arrived in The Netherlands, 1946. Son of Aart and Elisabeth (Kaiser) Ottow.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Tropical Agriculture, State College Tropical Agriculture, Deventer, The Netherlands, 1960. Diplom-Ingenieur agriculture, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, 1965. Master of Science, Kansas State University, 1966.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Microbiology, University Giessen, 1969.


    • Lecturer microbiology Technology University, Darmstadt, Germany, 1970-1974. Professor soil biochemistry University Hohenheim, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, 1974-1986, dean faculty agricultural science and ecology Germany, 1985-1986. Professor soil and aquatic microbiology University Giessen, 1986-2000.

      Head Institute Applied Microbiology Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, 1986-2000, professor emeritus, since 2000. Visiting scientist International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines, 1980-1981.


    • Author: Angst vor der Zukunft?, 1990. Co-author, editor: Umweltbiotechnologie 1997. Editor-in-chief Biology and Fertility of Soils, 1985-2000.

      Contributor over 300 articles to science journals.


    Chairman-elect Lindach Kindergarten, Stuttgart-Stetten, 1976-1980. With Royal Dutch Army, 1955-1957. Member American Society Microbiology, International Society Soil Union (president soil biology, officer executive committee 1986-1990), German Society Soil Science (officer executive committee 1978-1986), Germany Society Ecology.



    Breeding homing pigeons, model railroading, sailing, gardening.


    • Married Helga Wohlgemuth, January 5, 1968. Children: Els Joke, Eric Aart.
    • father: Aart Ottow
    • mother: Elisabeth (Kaiser) Ottow
    • spouse: Helga Wohlgemuth
    • children: Els Joke Ottow
    • Eric Aart Ottow
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    Born September 4, 1935
    • 1960
      State College Tropical Agriculture
    • 1965
      Justus-Liebig University
    • 1966
      Kansas State University
    • 1969
      University Giessen
    • 1970 - 1974
      Lecturer, microbiology Technology University
      Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, Hessen, Germany, Germany
    • 1974 - 1986
      professor, soil biochemistry University Hohenheim
    • 1985 - 1986
      professor, soil biochemistry University Hohenheim
    • 1986
      head, Institute Applied Microbiology Justus-Liebig University
      Giessen, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
    • 1986
      professor, soil and aquatic microbiology University Giessen
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