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Michael Succow, German science administrator. Recipient Hans-Klose prize Alfred Töpfer Foundation, 1991, Bruno-H.-Schubert prize, 1992, Binding prize for environmental protection, 1992, Right Livelihood award Jakob von Uexküll Right Livelihood Award Foundation, 1997.


Succow, Michael was born on April 21, 1941 in Lüdersdorf, Franke, Germany. Son of Wilhelm and Käthe (Franke).


Diploma in biology, University Greifswald, Germany, 1965. Doctor of Natural Sciences, University Greifswald, Germany, 1970. Habilitation, Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Eberswalde, Germany, 1980.


Scientific assistant Botanical Institute University Greifswald, 1965-1969. Agricultural site inspector melioration combinate Bad Freienwalde, Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, 1969-1973. Scientist Soil Institute Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Eberswalde, 1974-1989.

Vice minister of environment German Democratic Republican Government, Berlin, 1990. Professor landscape ecology Technology University Berlin, 1990-1991. Head development group Agency for Large Protected Areas in Brandenburg, Potsdam, Germany, 1991-1992.

Director Botanical Institute and Botanical Garden Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald, since 1992. Consultant various government organizations, Germany, Ethiopia, 1987-1989. Consultant Melioration Combinate, Mongolia, 1973.

Head biosphere working group German National Committee Man and Biosphere, since 1991. Vice chair science council for environmental questions German Government, 1992-1996.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (book) Landschaftsökologische Moorkunde, 1988, 2001. Co-author: (with Lebrecht Jeschke) Moore in der Landschaft, 1986. Co-author, editor: (with others) Unbekanntes Deutschland, 1992.

      Co-editor: (with Stephan Dömpke) Cultural Landscapes and Nature Conservation in Northern Eurasia, 1998.


President Lamarck Circuit, Greifswald, 1960-1965. President Center Working Group for Protection of Native Orchids, Berlin, 1966-1969. Regional representative for nature conservation Region Bad Freienwalde, Germany, 1969-1973.

President foundation council Michael-Succow-Foundation, Greifswald, since 1997. Member advisory committee Foundation Save our Future, Hamburg, since 1994, Nature Conservation Fund, Brandenburg, since 1990. Member Naturschutzbund Deutschland E.V. (vice president since 1990, Lina-Hähnle medal 1990), National Society for Nature and Environment (board directors 1974-1989), National Park Foundation Oder Valley (member advisory committee since 1990), Regional Society for Nature and Environment (president region Frankfurt an der Oder 1974-1989), Society for Nature Conservation (vice president since 1990), Michael-Otto Foundation (member advisory committee since 1993).


  • Other Interests

    Bird watching, ecological gardening, landscape photography.


Son of; married Ulla Benthien, April 21, 1965. Children: Kathrin Succow-Hoffmann, Juliane.

Wilhelm Son

Käthe (Franke) Son

Ulla Benthien

Kathrin Succow-Hoffmann Succow

Juliane Succow