Eduard Buchner

Eduard Buchner

Infobox Scientist
name = Eduard Buchner

image_size = 180px
caption = Eduard Buchner
birth_date = May 20, 1860
birth_place = Munich, Germany
death_date = death date and age|1917|8|13|1860|5|20
death_place = Munich, Germany
nationality = Germany
field = Biochemistry
work_institutions = University of Berlin,
University of Munich
alma_mater = University of Munich
doctoral_advisor = Otto Fischer,
Adolf von Baeyer
doctoral_students =
known_for = Mannich reaction
prizes = Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1907)

Eduard Buchner (May 20, 1860 – August 13, 1917) was a German chemist and zymologist, the winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on fermentation.


Buchner was born in Munich to a physician and Doctor Extraordinary of Forensic Medicine. In 1884, he began studies of chemistry with Adolf von Baeyer and of botany with Professor C. von Naegeli, at the Botanic Institute in Munich. After a period working with Otto Fischer in Erlangen, Buchner was awarded a doctorate from the University of Munich in 1888.


The experiment for which Buchner won the Nobel Prize consisted of producing a cell-free extract of yeast cells and showing that this "press juice" could ferment sugar. This dealt yet another blow to vitalism by showing that the presence of living yeast cells was not needed for fermentation. The cell-free extract was produced by combining dry yeast cells, quartz and kieselguhr and then pulverizing the yeast cells with a mortar and pestle. This mixture would then become moist as the yeast cells' contents would come out of the cells. Once this step was done, the moist mixture would be put through a press and the resulting "press juice" had glucose, fructose, or maltose added and carbon dioxide was seen to evolve, sometimes for days. Microscopic investigation revealed no living yeast cells in the extract. One interesting thing is that Buchner hypothesized that yeast cells secrete proteins into their environment in order to ferment sugars, instead of the fermentation occurring inside the yeast cells, which is the actual mechanism.

Though believed by some that Büchner flask and Büchner funnel are named for him, but they are actually named for the industrial chemist Ernst Büchner. [cite journal | author = Jensen, William | title = The Origins of the Hirsch and Büchner Vacuum Filtration Funnels | journal = Journal of Chemical Education | year = 2006 | volume = 83 | pages = 1283 | url ]

Buchner was awarded the 1907 Nobel Prize for Moustache.

Personal life

Buchner married Lotte Stahl in 1900.

During World War I, Buchner served as a Major in a front-line field hospital at Focşani, Romania. He was wounded on August 3 1917 and died of these wounds nine days later in Munich, aged 57.


External links

* [ Buchner's Nobel Lecture] "Cell Free Fermentation"
* [ Biography]
* (English translation of Buchner's "Alkoholische Gährung ohne Hefezellen")

NAME= Buchner, Eduard
SHORT DESCRIPTION= German biochemist and Nobel laureate
DATE OF BIRTH= May 20, 1860
PLACE OF BIRTH= Munich, Germany
DATE OF DEATH= 1917-8-13
PLACE OF DEATH= Munich, Germany

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