Gerhard Braunitzer

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Gerhard Braunitzer (born September 24, 1921 in Maribor ; † May 27, 1989 in Munich ) was a German biochemist.

In 1948 Braunitzer investigated the coat proteins of the tobacco mosaic virus . In 1950 he received his doctorate in Tübingen "On the chromatographic group separation of protein hydrolyzates". In 1956 he became department director at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich and completed his habilitation on " The Hemoglobin Particles ". He had succeeded in elucidating the primary structure of hemoglobin . Max Perutz , with whom Braunitzer maintained close collegial contact and who did research in Cambridge, soon succeeded in the three-dimensional elucidation of this huge molecule, for which Perutz received the Nobel Prize. In 1964 Braunitzer was appointed "Scientific Member" of the Max Planck Society, and in 1969 he was elected a member of the Leopoldina Scholars' Academy . Since 1978 he was a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences .

Braunitzer was married to a daughter of the well-known chemist and Nobel Prize winner Adolf Butenandt .


  • Brigitte Wittmann-Liebold: Gerhard Braunitzer: 24.9.1921 - 27.5.1989 , in: Annual Report 1988 of the Max Planck Society, at the same time "Reports and Communications of the MPG" 5/89, pages 91–95.

Individual evidence

  1. Max Planck Society - eDoc Server: Gerhard Braunitzer
  2. ^ Gerhard Braunitzer September 24, 1921 – May 27, 1989. In: Journal of Molecular Evolution. 29, 1989, p. 548, doi : 10.1007 / BF02602926 .