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Outstanding German-Polish scientific cooperation
Date:4/23/2008

This release is available in German.

Professor Wolfgang Domcke, a chemist from Munich, and Professor Andrzej Sobolewski, a physicist from Warsaw, have been selected to receive the Copernicus Award by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) for their services to German-Polish scientific cooperation. The prize is in recognition of their many years of fruitful cooperation in the fields of the photochemistry and photophysics of biologically relevant molecules and their combined dedication to the promotion of young researchers. The award includes prize money of 50,000 euros and will be presented in Warsaw on 14 May by the presidents of the DFG and the FNP, Professor Matthias Kleiner und Professor Maciej ylicz.

The prizewinners have each in their own right and through their cooperation primarily made a name for themselves in the fields of quantum dynamics and quantum chemistry. Wolfgang Domcke, who is now 60, has held the Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich since 1999, which he took up after having qualified as a university lecturer in physics in Freiburg and subsequently spending periods in Heidelberg and Dsseldorf. Andrzej Sobolewski, who is 56, has been a Professor at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1991 and has received numerous national and international prizes since taking up that position, including the most prestigious honour for Polish scientists, the Award of the Foundation for Polish Science, which he was presented with in 2007.

Both researchers have successfully cooperated on numerous projects for over 20 years, as documented by more than 60 joint publications. They discovered a mechanism capable of explaining the photostability of DNA, the carrier of genetic information. According to their calcul
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Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Streier
em.streier@dfg.de
49-228-885-2250
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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