Matthias Findeisen studied Physics at the University of Leipzig. During his Diploma course he joined 1979 the group of Prof. Artur Lösche, who established in the fifties radio frequency spectroscopy in the Physical Institute and was one of the pioneers in NMR in East Germany. This gave M.F. a little taste of NMR and, had been nosey, he stayed there for his PhD work on the field of liquid crystalline substances.
Afterwards he switched to the East German Academy of Science in Leipzig and operated an NMR routine lab, which focused him to NMR
in liquids and chemical analytical problems. Returning back to the Leipzig University in 1992 he kept this focus in the group of Prof. R.
Borsdorf, later on conducted by Stefan Berger, than concentrating to methodological NMR subjects.
Stefan Berger was intrigued by NMR after having won a bottle of beer during an introductory course in organic NMR led by Prof. H. Suhr at the University Tübingen in 1968. After a PhD thesis with Prof. Anton Rieker, in 1973 he joined Prof. J. D. Roberts at Caltec for postdoctoral work, where he also met Prof. D. M. Grant and Prof. D. Seebach, who were then guest professors in Pasadena. This period was decisive in trying for a Habilitation in NMR spectroscopy, which was achieved at the University Marburg. At the University of Leipzig he tries to combine methodological development of NMR with its application to bioorganic problems.