The Austrian wine-growing engineer Ing. Franz Kober (1864-1943) was born in Simonsfeld near Ernstbrunn (Lower Austria). In Klosterneuburg He attended the Oenological and Pomolgische Institute at the Klosterneuburg wine school, He completed his studies at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Wien with a teaching certificate for viticulture, cellar management and fruit growing with a teaching degree. After that he spent several years as a vine gardener in Romania and Burgenland Rust active. In 1893 he became head of the fight against the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry phylloxera for Lower Austria, based in Klosterneuburg .
He also worked with the then director August-Wilhelm Freiherr von Babo (1827-1894) together. In a vineyard of the Klosterneuburger Weinbauinstitut selected some Unterlagsreben and created in collaboration with the Hungarian vines breeder Sigmund Teleki (1854-1910) the famous named after him Kober 5 BB (also "5 BB" or "Teleki 5 BB"). This became one of the most successful documents, which was then followed by numerous other cultured bred vines throughout the world.
Kober was to a large extent also a teacher finishing, Planting and care of the vines in the vineyards. He invented a patented injector for the so-called Kultural method (Control of phylloxera by liquid carbon disulphide injected into the soil) and recommended setting up cardboard umbrellas for protection against mayprussia. He also published numerous publications, for example "Key to the solution of the vine hybrids question for lime soils in Austria" and "About the pursuit of refined vines". Franz Kober received numerous honors for his great merits, including the golden decoration of the Republic of Austria, the Babo Medal and the Rasch medal, In 1984, a bronze plaque was placed in his memory on the institute building for cellars in Klosterneuburg .