Franz Meußdoerffer (Biochemiker)

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Franz Georg Meußdoerffer (* 6 April 1949 in Kulmbach; † 9 August 2019 in Breitbrunn am Chiemsee[1]) was a German biochemist and university lecturer.


Meußdoerffer came from a Franconian family of brewers and maltsters; his father was the entrepreneur Franz Erich Meußdoerffer (1918-2004).
After graduating from high school, he studied chemistry at the Technical University of Aachen from 1967 to 1974 and earned his doctorate at the Biochemical Institute of the University of Freiburg. In 1978 he went to the USA for two years. From 1982 to 1986 he was a senior assistant at the Institute for Biotechnology at the ETH Zurich. From 1986 to 1991 he worked for the Henkel Group. Since 1991 he has been managing partner of the Kulmbach malting plant, which was founded in 1852 by his great-great-grandfather Johann Georg Meußdoerffer (1824-1878) (today part of the Kulmbach brewery). His habilitation followed in 1989. From 1996 he was an adjunct professor in Dortmund.
Since 2003 he has lectured on the history of beer brewing at the TUM campus International Beverage Science Center Weihenstephan or at its predecessor.
Since 2009, he has headed the Bioanalytics working group of the Research Unit for Food Quality at the Kulmbach site of the University of Bayreuth.

Meußdoerffer died in August 2019 at the age of 70.


  • Studies on inhibitors of proteinase A from yeast. Freiburg (Breisgau) 1978, DNB 790909324( PhD thesis, University of Freiburg).
  • A Comprehensive History of Beer Brewing. In: Handbook of Brewing: Processes, Technology, Markets. Ed. by H. M. Eßlinger. Weinheim 2009. ISBN 978-3-527-31674-8
  • Ulrich Wirz, Franz G. Meußdoerffer (eds.): Rund um die Plassenburg: Studien zur Geschichte der Stadt Kulmbach und ihrer Burg. Freunde der Plassenburg e.V., Kulmbach 2003, ISBN 3-925162-21-6.
  • with Martin Zarnkow: Beer – A History of Hops and Malt. C. H. Beck-Verlag: Munich 2014; 2nd, revised edition 2016

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  1. Advertisement of Franz Meußdoerffer | August 26, 2019.