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By proposal of: Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

Date of investiture: 22 may 1975.

Sponsor: Dr. José Viña Giner and Dr. José Mª Mascaró Ballester.

Biographical outline:

Hans Adolf Krebs was born in Hildesheim, Germany, 1900. British biochemist of German origin. He studied at the universities of Göttingen, Freiburg, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg.

Between 1926 and 1930 worked in the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute next to Otto Warburg. In 1932 at the University of Freiburg discovered, together with the biochemist Kurt Henseleit, the chemical reactions now known as the "urea cycle."

Of Jewish origin, he was forced to leave Nazi Germany in 1933. He emigrated to England with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation to work in Cambridge with Frederick Gowland Hopkins.

In 1935 he moved to Sheffield where he continued his scientific work with Edward Mellamby, being appointed professor and director of the Department of Biochemistry, and beginning his work on cell metabolism.
Between the years 1954 and 1967 he was at the University of Oxford.
The Royal Society awarded him the Copley Medal in 1961.


  •     Krebs, H.A .; Johnson, W.A. Citric acid in intermediate metabolism in animal tissues, 1937
  •     Krebs, H.A. The tri-carboxylic acid cycle, 1948
  •     Krebs, H.A .; Kornberg, H.L. A survey of the energy transformations in living matter, 1957
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