The German agricultural scientist Norbert Becker (1937-2012) spent his youth at a winery in Wiesbaden (Rheingau). After studying agricultural science at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, he was assistant at the Institute of Pomology of the University and doctoral student in Geisenheim, After receiving his doctorate agr. In 1968 he became a trainee lawyer at the Hessian Ministry of Agriculture. In 1970 he joined the State Wine Institute Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg). The focus of his activities was vine cultivation and the viticultural site customer. He served as head of the unit until July 1999 Resistance- and cloning.
Under his leadership, many fungi-resistant new varieties, in their cultivation largely on fungicides can be waived. That was for example baron. Bronner. Cabernet Cantor. Cabernet Carbon. Cabernet Carol. Cabernet Cortis. Calastra. Decora. Galante. Ganita. guarantor. Helios. monarch. Muscaris. Osella. prior. Solaris and Souvignier Gris, His most important publications included "The Wine, Joie de Vivre and Health", articles in the viticulture textbook of Vogt / Götz, as well as about 200 publications in many journals. He also gave around 500 lectures to specialist audiences and audiences interested in wine. Dr. Norbert Becker was also involved in the training of wine growers and master winemakers. In his free time, he led full-day wine-growing Saturday excursions. Retired, he continued to focus on the cultural, historical and health aspects of wine.