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Molecular biologist

Peter Gruss, German molecular biologist. Recipient Robert Koch Career Development award, 1983, Feldberg prize, 1992, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz prize, German Research Foundation, 1994, Louis Jeantet Prize for medicine, 1995, President's prize for technical & innovation, Germany, 1999, Berthold medal, University Göttingen, 2002.


Gruss, Peter was born on June 28, 1949 in Alsfeld, Germany. Son of Heinrich and Ursula (Nowotka) Gruss.


Diploma, University Darmstadt, Germany, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, magna cum laude, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1977.


Postdoctoral fellow Institute Virus Research, Heidelberg, 1977-1978, Laboratory Molecular Virology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1978-1980, expert consultant, 1980-1981, visiting scientist, 1981-1982. Assoc professor microbiology Heidelberg University, 1982-1986, director Center Molecular Biology, 1983-1986. Director Max Planck Institute Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany, since 1986.

Honorary professor Goettingen University, since 1990. President Max Planck Society Advancement of Science, Munich, since 2002. Member European Molecular Biology Organization Fund Committee, 1988—1992, German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Senate Committee Animal Experimental Research, 1992—1996.

Member science advisory board Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, 1990—1994, Randall Institute, London, 1995—1998, Research Institute Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin, 1997—2000, Welcome/Cyclic Redundancy Check Institute, Cambridge, 2000, King's College/Guy's Hospital, London. Trustee German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany, 1994—1998. President European Molecular Biology Laboratory Council, 2000—2002.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor Cell, 1990-1999. Managing editor Mechanisms of Development, 1990—2001. Editorial advisory board member Trends in Genetics, 1992-1996, board reviewing editors Science, 1995—2000.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member of German Academy Natural Scientists, Bavarian Academy of Sciences, American Academy Arts & Sciences (foreign honorary), Academy of Sciences (Goettingen), Academy Europaea, New York Academy of Sciences, American Society Differentiation, European Molecular Biology Organization, International Society Development Biology (president 1994).


Children: Daniel, Julia.

Heinrich Gruss

Ursula (Nowotka) Gruss

Daniel Gruss

Julia Gruss