Garabed Antranikian

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Garabed Garo Antranikian (born April 30, 1951 in Amman ) is a German biologist and former President of the Technical University of Hamburg (then "Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg").


The son of an Armenian family, Antranikian was born in the Jordanian capital, Amman. His father Joseph was the only member of the family to save himself from the genocide of the Armenians at the age of seven and later emigrated to Jerusalem. His mother lost her brothers in the genocide. After studying biology at the American University in Beirut from 1970 to 1976 and receiving his doctorate at the Institute for Microbiology and Genetics at the Georg-August University in Göttingen in 1980, he qualified as a professor in 1988 in the field of microbiology . He has been a German citizen since 1989.

Since 1989 he has been researching and teaching as a professor of technical microbiology ( biotechnology ) at the Technical University of Hamburg, where he has headed the Institute for Technical Microbiology since 2003 .

On January 28, 2009 he was elected Vice President Teaching. He was then elected President of the University on December 14, 2010. On April 1, 2011, Antranikian took up the post of President of the Hamburg University of Technology and at the same time gave up his previous position as Vice President of Teaching. Antranikian is married and has two sons. He speaks five languages.


His main research interests are extremophilic microorganisms and their possible technical use.

In 2007 he was elected a full member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg . He is also a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) .

Antranikian was President of the International Society for Extremophiles (ISE) from 2004 to 2010 . and is editor of the journal Extremophiles .

honors and awards

In 2002 Antranikian was awarded an honorary doctorate from the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia (Yerevan) .

On October 14, 2004, he received the German Environmental Award from the German Federal Environmental Foundation , the most valuable environmental award in Europe.

Web links

Individual evidence

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  9. German Environment Prize 2004 - Prof. Dr. Garabed Antranikian | Keyword: white biotechnology. German Federal Environment Foundation, accessed on November 13, 2019 .