Becker, P. E., 20th-century German human geneticist. Becker spent the earlier part of his career as a lecturer at the psychiatric and neurological clinic at the University of Freiberg. He went on to hold the post of Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Göttingen. He wrote numerous books and articles on human genetics, especially concerning hereditary myopathies and in particular myotonia. He was the first to recognize a benign X-linked recessive form of muscular dystrophy, publishing his first report in 1955.