Peter Karlson

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Peter Karlson (born October 11, 1918 in Berlin ; † December 17, 2001 ) was a German chemist .

life and work

Peter Karlson grew up in Berlin . The parents' view that elementary schools only produced boredom in intelligent children did not allow him to enter a high school until the age of twelve .

From 1937 Peter Karlson studied chemistry at the University of Berlin . In 1940 he became a doctoral candidate at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Biochemistry in Dahlem under the guidance of Adolf Butenandt , who had been awarded the Nobel Prize the previous year for his research on steroid hormones .

Peter Karlson followed Butenandt to Munich to the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry and in 1964 was offered a full professorship for physiological chemistry at the Philipps University of Marburg . In 1969 he was elected a member of the Leopoldina . 1983 to 1984 he was chairman of the Society of German Natural Scientists and Doctors .

In cooperation with the Bern zoologist Martin Lüscher, he created the term “ pheromone ” for insect sexual attractants.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Life data, publications and academic family tree of Peter Karlson at, accessed on February 15, 2018.
  2. Nature . 183, 55, London 1959.
  3. Natural Sciences. 46, 63, 1959.