Honoree

Arthur Louis Koch

AWARDS

Guggenheim Fellow (1981)
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology

BIOGRAPHY

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.