Martin Gruebele has been a strong force in many areas of chemistry, physics, and biology, ranging from laser-assisted nuclear fusion to vertebrate swimming behavior. Within that range, he demonstrated downhill folding of proteins to support a key prediction of energy landscape theory, examined fast biomolecule dynamics in living cells, imaged excited-state dynamics of nanomaterials and cooperative dynamics on glass surfaces, developed simple statistical thermodynamic transport models, learned how energy flows in organic molecules, and modeled molecular quantum computing. Awards include the Nakanishi Prize, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize, and the Sackler International Prize. Gruebele is a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical, Physical and Biophysical Societies. Among his pastimes, he was 2016 Masters Champion in the Race Across America and 2018 Illinois State Ultrarunning Grandmaster.