Hans Joachim Gross

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Hans Joachim Gross ( April 11, 1936 - August 6, 2019 ) was a German biochemist.


Gross studied chemistry at the University of Munich from 1956 and received his doctorate summa cum laude in 1965 with a thesis that he had done at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry . In 1967/68 he was a post-doctoral student with Gobind Khorana in Madison, Wisconsin. From 1968 to 1980 he headed a research group at the MPI, was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and completed his habilitation in 1976 at the University of Munich. In 1980 he became professor of biochemistry at the University of Würzburg .

He studied ribonucleic acid and the enzymes associated with it. He dealt with the structure and function of viroids (RNA strands that are virally active), transfer RNA (variation and constant elements in human t-RNA, intron excision in precursor T-RNA), and the biosynthesis of selenocysteine in mammals , molecular pathogenesis of Fanconi anemia .

He published, among other things, on the Kluger Hans effect and innate number recognition (in humans and bees) as well as counting systems in ancient civilizations.

In 1980 he became a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization . In 1983 he received the Carus Medal of the Leopoldina , in 1984 the Carus Prize of the City of Schweinfurt and in 1984 the JK Parnas Prize of the Polish Biochemical Society.

From 1992 to 2010 he was editor of Nucleic Acid Research and since 1985 on the editorial board of Advances in Virus Research . From 2001 to 2010 he edited the Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology series at Springer.

He published the collected works of Adolf Butenandt .

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