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Six young researchers, two women and four men, have been awarded this year's Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes. The relevant selection committee has now chosen the 2010 recipients of Germany's most prestigious award for young scientists. The prizewinners are:
Dr. Daniel Balzani, Mechanics, University of Hanover
Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann, Psychology, University of Wrzburg
Dr. Hannah Markwig, Mathematics, University of Gttingen
Dr. Ansgar Reiners, Astrophysics, University of Gttingen
Dr. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner, Ancient History, University of Heidelberg
Dr. Christina Thiele, Chemistry, Technische Universitt (TU) Darmstadt
104 nominations from all scientific fields were received for this year's Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, with a good third of the nominees being women. Once the Nominations Committee had made a pre-selection, 50 nominees were placed on a short list, from which this year's prizewinners were chosen.
Six young researchers have been awarded the prize, which is named for the former DFG President and nuclear physicist Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, every year since 1977. The selection process focuses on the candidates' outstanding qualifications and their independent scientific profiles. Each prizewinner receives 16,000 euros, which is furnished by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. These funds are intended to support the prizewinners in continuing their scientific work.
This year's Heinz Maier-Leibnitz prizes will be awarded in Bonn on 20 May 2010.
Further information on the individual prizewinners:
Daniel Balzani (33), Mechanics, University of Hanover
Daniel Balzani is one of the top young German researchers in the field of mechanics and has already made a name for himself in the international arena through his independent re
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