Adolf Butenandt visits middle school in Lehe, Bremerhaven and makes his final examinations in 1921.

The hormones progesterone and testosterone are isolated by Adolf Butenandt in 1934. Both discoveries, especially of oestrones, are important for prospective development of contraceptives.

Adolf Butenandt works at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now Max-Planck-Institute). The institution is transferred to Tübingen (1945) and later to Munich (1956). In this eleven years Butenandt is Professor of Physiological Chemistry at Tübingen. Afterwards he becomes professor of the same department at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 1956.

Adolf Butenandt works as a Honorary Professor for Biochemistry at the Friedrich-Whilhelms-University (now Humboldt-University of Berlin). Additionally, he works at the Aeronautical Research department and is an assistant at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology. Butenandt's role during the Nazi regime remains unclear. He certainly worked for the journal 'Der Biologe' from 1939 onwards, a journal which is adopted by a SS research organization.

Adolf Butenandt starts studying chemistry and biology at the University of Marburg. From this on until his death he's a member of the students fraternity Turnerschaft Philippina. In 1924 he moves to Göttingen, where he graduates in 1925.

In 1931 Adolf Butenandt isolates the male hormone androsterone in pure, crystalline form.

Focussing his work on sex hormones, Adolf Butenandts educes oestrone in pure, crystalline form in 1929.

Adolf Butenandt is Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Chemistry in Göttingen.

Adolf Butenandt moves to Berlin and becomes the Director of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institute for Biochemistry (now Otto-Suhr-Institute) in Dahlem. In May 1936 he joins the NSDAP and enters the Deutsche Arbeitsfront and the NS-teacher's Association. From 1936 till 1960 Adolf Butenandt is appointed as a Professor for Physiological Chemistry.

As a scholar of the Rockefeller Foundation Adolf Butenandt visits many possible places to study in the United States and rejects an offer from the Harvard University.

In October 1939 Adolf Butenandt is awarded with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry “for his work on sex hormones”.

Adolf Frederick Johann Butenandt is born on March 24, 1903 in Bremerhaven-Wesermünde to his parents Otto and Wilhelmina Butenandt.

Following the Nobel laureate Otto Hahn, Adolf Butenandt takes the chair of the Max-Planck-Society for the Advancement of Science.

In 1931 Adolf Butenandt and Erika Ziegner get married and have seven children, five daughters and two sons.

Until 1960 Adolf Butenandt is the Director of the Institute of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Munich.

In 1931 Adolf Butenandt habiltates with his thesis “Untersuchungen über das weibliche Sexualhormon”. Subsequently, he's appointed as a leader of the organic and biochemistry department at chemistry laboratories and also works as a teacher at Göttingen University.

Adolf Butenandt dies on 18. January, 1995.

With his work “Über die chemische Konstitution des Rotenons, des physiologisch wirksamen Bestandteils der Derris elliptica” Adolf Butenandt gains his PhD under Adolf Windaus, the Nobel laureate for Chemistry in 1928.

In 1933 Adolf Butenandt becomes Professor of the Institute for Organic Chemistry at the Institute of Technology in Danzig.