Rudolf K. Thauer obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Freiburg in Germany, it was here he did his postdoctoral work with Karl Decker. His key research areas include biochemistry, physiology and ecology of anaerobic bacteria and archaea with a focus on the enzymes and coenzymes involved in the energy metabolism of Clostridia, of sulfate-reducing bacteria and archaea, of methanogenic and methanotrophic archaea, and of aerobic methanotrophic bacteria. He is the author of over 400 publications and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 1987. In 2008 he was awarded the Carl Friedrich Gauß-Medal from the Brunswick Scientific Society. In 1991 he became founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg where he is currently the Emeritus group leader. He is also a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dr. Rudolf K. Thauer