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researcher , microbiology educator

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.


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.


  • Other Work

    • 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.


  • Other Interests

    Breeding homing pigeons, model railroading, sailing, gardening.


Married Helga Wohlgemuth, January 5, 1968. Children: Els Joke, Eric Aart.

Aart Ottow

Elisabeth (Kaiser) Ottow

Helga Wohlgemuth

Els Joke Ottow

Eric Aart Ottow