Science and Society Project

by Steven W.


Hans Adolf Krebs was born at Hildesheim, Germany, on August 25th, 1900. He is the son of Georg Krebs, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat surgeon of that city, and his wife Alma, Davidson.Hans Adolf Krebs studied at Gymnasium Andreanum at Hildesheim and then studied at the Universities of Gottingen, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, and Berlin.After one year at the Third Medical Clinic of the University of Berlin he got his M.D. degree at the University of Hamburg and then spent a year studying chemistry at Berlin.Then he was appointed Assistant to Professor Otto Warburg at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Biology at Berlin-Dahlem.


He worked at the Municipal Hospital at Altona and then at the Medical Clinic of the University of Freiburg-im-BreisgauIn. 1935 he was appointed Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Sheffield, and in 1938 Lecturer in Charge of the Department of Biochemistry.


Hans Krebs research mainly was about various aspects of intermediary metabolism. Some of the other subjects he studied are the synthesis of urea in the mammalian liver, the synthesis of uric acid and purine bases in birds, the intermediary stages of the oxidation of foodstuffs, the mechanism of the active transport of electrolytes and the relations between cell respiration and the generation of adenosine polyphosphates.

Known for

Hans Krebs is best known for his discovery of the urea cycle, and citric acid, or Krebs, cycle.

Fun fact

Hans Krebs won the nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1953.