Hans Gaffron

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Hans Gaffron
Born (1902-05-17)May 17, 1902
Lima, Peru
Died August 18, 1979(1979-08-18) (aged 77)[1]
Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality German
Occupation Chemist Biological Researcher.
Spouse(s) Clara Ostendorf (m. 1932–79)[2]

Dr. Hans Gaffron was born in Lima, Peru, on May 17, 1902, and was a son of the German physician Eduard Gaffron and his wife Hedwig von Gevekot.[3]

He was one of the earlier researchers trying to elucidate the mechanistic and biochemical details of photosynthesis and plant metabolism.[4] His most notable finding was the discovery of a process whereby unicellular green algae can produce molecular Hydrogen (H2) in the presence of light, and that the precursors were derived from photosynthetic water-splitting.[5] Applications based on his work have led to many efforts to develop H2 as a renewable biofuel.[6]


  • Research in photosynthesis. New York, Interscience Publ., 1957. OCLC 252395040
  • Photosynthesis. Boston, Heath, 1965. OCLC 3038933