Biochemist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in crystallizing a protein important in photosynthesis. He has worked at both the Cardiff University and the University of Duisburg-Essen.
In 1960, he graduated from the Technische Hochschule with a degree in chemistry.
He was co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry.
He had four children.
He worked as director at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry.