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The 2009 Leibniz Prize: Eleven new scientific discoverers
Date:12/11/2008

The recipients of this year's Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize have been officially announced. At its meeting in Bonn today, the Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) named eleven researchers, ten men and one woman, as this year's winners of Germany's most prestigious research prize. They were selected by the Nominations Committee from amongst 141 candidates.

The 2009 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize will go to:

  • Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius, microbial ecology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen
  • Prof. Dr. Holger Braunschweig, metal-organic chemistry, University of Wrzburg
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfram Burgard, autonomous intelligent systems/robotics, University of Freiburg
  • Prof. Dr. Heinrich Detering, modern German and Nordic literature, University of Gttingen
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jrgen Eckert, metal physics, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) and Technical University of Dresden
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Falk, experimental economics, University of Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchhoff, virology, University of Ulm
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jrgen Rdel, materials science, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • Prof. Dr. Karl Lenhard Rudolph, gastroenterology, University of Ulm
  • Prof. Dr. Burkhard Wilking, differential geometry, University of Mnster
  • Prof. Dr. Martin R. Zirnbauer, mathematical physics, University of Cologne

Of the eleven Leibniz Prizes announced today, three were awarded in the natural sciences, three in the life sciences, and three in engineering, while two were in the humanities and social sciences. "This goes to show, once again, that the outstanding quality of top-level research in Germany covers the entire subject spectrum," said Professor Matthias Kleiner, President of the DFG, following the announcement by the Joint Committee. Ten o
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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