Photo by Malcolm Johnson

KrebsFest celebrated the research of Sir Hans Krebs, a German- born biologist, physician and biochemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1953 for his pioneering work at the University of Sheffield.

Krebs’s most famous discovery was the citric acid cycle, also known as the Krebs cycle. His research explains one of the most fundamental processes of life: the conversion of food into energy within a cell.

Krebs was born in Hildesheim in northern Germany in 1900. In September 1918, six months short of completing his secondary school education, he was conscripted into the Imperial German Army. He was allowed to sit an emergency exam for his high school diploma, and passed with such a high score that he suspected the examiners of being “unduly lenient and sympathetic”!

With the end of the war two months later, his conscription ended. He followed in his father’s footsteps and studied medicine before deciding his future lay in research rather than medical practice.

Krebs, who was Jewish, left Germany in 1933 after he was dismissed from his post at the University of Freiburg following Hitler’s rise to power. He initially worked at the University of Cambridge before he took up a post at the University of Sheffield in 1935 where he worked for 19 years.

Who was Hans Krebs?
Photo by Malcolm Johnson

The Krebs event featured building projections and games inspired by Sir Hans Krebs’ research