Jürgen Neffe

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Jürgen Neffe in 2009

Jürgen Neffe (born 5 June 1956 in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia[1]) is a German writer.


Jürgen Neffe received a PhD in biochemistry 1985 from RWTH Aachen University.[2][3] After graduating, Neffe worked as a reporter for various publications, including Nature, GEO, and Der Spiegel. [1][3][4][5][6][7] In 1991, he won third prize in the Egon Erwin Kisch Awards, which are among the most prestigious awards for print journalism in Germany,[8] for his reportage Der Fluch der guten Tat on a burn unit in Pittsburgh, published in GEO.[7]

In the beginning of 2003 he moved from Spiegel to Max Planck Society. He organized, started and then ran its federal office in Berlin for the first year. [9]

In 2005, Neffe published a biography on Albert Einstein, which ranked eighth among non-fiction bestsellers that year in Germany.[10] The book was translated into more than ten languages, including English. In 2007 the Washington Post named it "Book of the Year".[11] It received many favorable reviews.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

In 2007 and 2008, Neffe traveled for seven months, recreating Charles Darwin's travels on the Beagle. As a result, he published the book Darwin - Das Abenteuer des Lebens, consisting of a combination of travel writing, science reportage on the development of the theory of evolution, and biographical information about Charles Darwin.

In 2011, Neffe created a new interactive e-book format called Libroid.[19][20][21]

In 2014, Neffe published his first novel, Mehr als wir sind (More than we are).[22]

In 2017, Neffe published his highly acclaimed biography on Karl Marx, Marx. Der Unvollendete (The unfinished man).[23]

Neffe lives in Berlin.[24] His wife Hania Luczak is also a writer.[25]


  • Evidence for an early degradative event to the insulin molecule following binding to hepatocyte receptors; S. M. Juul, R. H. Jones, J. L. Evans, J. Neffe, P. H. Sönksen, D. Brandenburg; Biochim. Biophys. Acta 856, 310-319 (1986)
  • Demonstration that the insulin receptor undergoes an early structural modification following insulin binding; S. M. Juul, J. Neffe, J. L. Evans, R. H. Jones, P. H. Sönksen, D. Brandenburg; Biochim. Biophys. Acta 856, 320-324 (1986)
  • Irgendwann habe ich einen ganz starken Willen entwickelt. In: Charlotte Kerner: Nicht nur Madame Curie – Frauen, die den Nobelpreis bekamen. Beltz Verlag, Weinheim/ Basel 1999, ISBN 3-407-80862-3.
  • Vorbild Einstein - Gedanken zu Wissenschaftspopularisierung und Technikskepsis. In: Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Matthias Machnig (HG.): Made in Germany '21. Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg 2004, ISBN 3-455-10417-7
  • Einstein – eine Biographie. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-499-61937-7
  • EINSTEIN - A Biography. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York 2007, Translated by Shelley Frisch, ISBN 978-3-7414-6640-3
  • EINSTEIN - A Biography. Polity Press, London 2007, Translated by Shelley Frisch, ISBN 978-0-7456-4220-8
  • Darwin. Das Abenteuer des Lebens. C. Bertelsmann, München 2008, ISBN 978-3-570-01091-4.
  • Mehr als wir sind. C. Bertelsmann, München 2014, ISBN 978-3-570-10205-3
  • Marx. Der Unvollendete. C. Bertelsmann, München 2017, ISBN 978-3-570-10273-2


  1. ^ a b "The Founder - Libroid - more than a book". libroid.com.
  2. ^ Jürgen Neffe: Struktur und Internalisierung des Insulinrezeptors - Dissertation. Technische Hochschule Aachen, Aachen 1985.
  3. ^ a b Hunold, Dietrich (Summer 2009). "Abenteuer des Lebens". RWTH Alumni Keep in Touch (47). Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Max-Planck-Gesellschaft richtet ein Hauptstadtbüro ein" (press release). Max Planck Society. 3 December 2002.
  5. ^ [1] Auf der Seite der Sieger - über die Überlebenden der Aids-Seuche, DER SPIEGEL 23/1993
  6. ^ ""Jürgen Neffe" : nature.com search". www.nature.com.
  7. ^ a b http://www.stern.de/kultur/buecher/2-1977-2004-alle-preistraeger-im-ueberblick-509895.html
  8. ^ Richter, Konstantin (May–June 2008). "Shop Stewards". Columbia Journalism Review.
  9. ^ Max-Planck-Gesellschaft richtet ein Hauptstadtbüro ein. Pressemitteilung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft 31/2002 vom 3. Dezember 2002.
  10. ^ [2] Best selling list Non Fiction 2005 in Germany
  11. ^ "Holiday Guide 2007: Gifts - Book World's Holiday Issue (washingtonpost.com)". www.washingtonpost.com.
  12. ^ [3] Master of the Universe by Corey S. Powell
  13. ^ [4] The Other Einstein by Lee Smolin
  14. ^ [5] Publishers Weekly
  15. ^ [6] Kirkus Review
  16. ^ [7] Studying the scientist by Daniel Sutherland
  17. ^ [8] Einstein by Michael Dirda
  18. ^ [9] "Books of the Year 2007"
  19. ^ [10]Reader Innovation: Exploring the Narrative Possibilities of the E-Book
  20. ^ [11] Never-ending book heralds new chapter in e-publishing
  21. ^ "German author launches multi-media ebook "Libroid"". Reuters. October 6, 2010 – via in.reuters.com.
  22. ^ [12] Jürgen Neffe: Mehr als wir sind
  23. ^ [13] Jürgen Neffe: Marx. Der Unvollendete
  24. ^ "Wer nicht mehr schlafen will, trinkt Wasser". kurier.at.
  25. ^ "Hania Luczak – medium magazin".

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