Julius Adler was born in Edelfingen, Germany in 1930. He attended Harvard University and received his A.B. in Biochemical Sciences in 1952. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) Classics author Henry A. Lardy and earned an M.S. in Biochemistry in 1954 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1957.