- Guggenheim Fellow (1981)
In 1948, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Koch completed a Chemistry degree at Cal Tech. In 1951, he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Chicago. Koch began his career at Argonne National Laboratory from 1951 - 56, and then moved on to University of Florida College of Medicine from 1956 - 67. Koch began his employ at Indiana University in 1967 as a Professor in the Department of Bacteriology, and remained at IU until his retirement in 1998. During his career, he published over 250 papers, presented hundreds of seminars, and won a number of awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a Rockefeller Scholar award, a Wellcome research travel grant, and a U.S. Public Health Service award.
Koch was foremost a teacher, encouraging many in their research and training many students through their master's degrees and Ph.D's. Koch died in 2016 from Alzheimer's Disease.