Hans Krebs

Who was he?

Sir Hans Adolf Krebs was a German scientist who is famously known for discovering Citric Acid Cycle or Krebs cycle. Krebs father was an ear, nose, and throat specialist. This triggered his interested in research from childhood.

Sir Hans Adolf Krebs

What did he do?

Krebs discovered the catalytic role of pyruvate and also established the central role of pyruvate in overall respiration or oxidation of glucose. The citric acid cycle for production of CO2 and energy in cell was described by him. .In his honor Citric Acid Cycle is also referred as Krebs cycle.

When and where was he born?

Krebs was born in 1900 born at Hildesheim, Germany.

Brief Chronicle of his life

Sir Hans Adolf Krebs working in his lab 1926: Worked as assistant to professor in Kaiser Wilhelm institute of Physiology at Berlin-Dahlem till 1930.

1930: Joined Municipal Hospital at Altona and worked till 1933 after which he joined Cambridge.

1934: Appointed demonstrator of Biochemistry in the University of Cambridge.

1935: As biochemistry professor he became famous in universities of Sheffield.

1938: Married Margaret Cicely Fieldhouse, of Wickersley, Yorkshire.

1947: Krebs was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

1953: Shared Nobel Prize for Physiology and medicine with Fritz Lipmann mainly for discovery of Citric Acid Cycle in living organism.

1957: Published a book co-authored with Hans Kornberg named “Energy Transformation in Living Matter”.