Gerhard Erker received his academic education at the Universities Köln and Bochum. After getting his doctoral degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 1973 he stayed at Princeton University as a postdoc. He did his habilitation in Bochum and thereafter joined the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim as a Heisenberg fellow. In 1985 he became a C3 Professor at the Universität Würzburg and in 1990 joined the Organisch-Chemisches Institut der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster as a full Professor. Since 2015 he has been a Senior professor at the WWU. Professor Erker was a member of the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He served as the president of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) in 2000 and 2001. Gerhard Erker is a member of several scientific Academies, among them the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, where he is currently a member of the Senate and the speaker of Klasse 1 (mathematics natural and technical sciences). Professor Erker’s research interests are in the fields of Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis. Since about ca. 15 years he has a high interest in main group element chemistry. This is especially centered around the element boron and includes active research in frustrated Lewis pair chemistry, 1,1-carbo- and 1,1-hydroboration reactions and the chemistry of boron containing pi-systems. Professor Erker was the mentor of 140 doctoral students and more than 50 postdocs.