Walter J. Gehring
As professor of Developmental Biology and Genetics, Walter J. Gehring (*1939, † 2014) was active in both research and teaching at the Biozentrum from 1972 to 2009. He was a member of the national academies of the USA, the UK, France, Germany and Sweden, as well as of many professional associations. Prof. Gehring was awarded the Kyoto prize for basic research in 2000 and the Balzan prize for developmental biology two years later. In 2010, he was honored with the Grand Cross of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany.