Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2016

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2016

Author: ChemViews

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the highest honor in the German research landscape. This year, ten outstanding researchers were chosen by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) from 120 nominees. Three of the prizewinners are from the natural sciences, three from the humanities and social sciences, three from life sciences, and one from engineering. Each honoree will receive prize money of 2.5 million EUR to fund further research.

The following researchers received the 2016 prize in the DFG’s Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Program:


  • Professor Frank Bradke, Neuroregeneration, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Bonn

    Bradke’s research focuses on regenerative neurobiology. He investigated how axons, the projections of nerve cells, can be encouraged to grow again after being severed.


  • Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier, Infection Biology, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin

    Charpentier has made important contributions to CRISPR-Cas9, a cutting tool which allows a genome to be modified at any point with great efficiency and reliability.


  • Professor Daniel Cremers, Computer Vision, Technical University Munich

    Cremers’ research has brought the field of image processing and pattern recognition an important step closer to its goal of reproducing the abilities of human vision with camera systems and computers.


  • Professor Daniel James Frost, Mineralogy/Experimental Petrology, University of Bayreuth

    Frost studies the formation, structure, and development of planets and has fundamentally expanded our knowledge of the structure of the Earth’s crust and core and their development over time.


  • Professor Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Philosophy, University of Würzburg

    Hasse has demonstrated how intensive the cultural exchange was between the Orient and the Occident from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. This opened up fundamental new insights into the beginnings of modern Europe.


  • Professor Benjamin List, Organic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim/Ruhr

    List discovered the proline-catalysed intermolecular aldol reaction, a reaction that was one of the foundations of organocatalysis.


  • Professor Christoph Möllers, Law, Humboldt University, Berlin

    Möllers works on public law, specifically constitutional law. He considers the core questions of public law from the perspective of democratic theory and enriches juridical thinking with a comprehensive theory of democratic legitimacy.


  • Professor Marina V. Rodnina, Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen

    Rodnina made pioneering contributions to the understanding of the function of ribosomes, which synthesize proteins from amino acids, and to how they work with maximum precision and minimal errors.


  • Professor Bénédicte Savoy, History of Modern Art, Technical University Berlin

    Savoy forges links between German and French art history in a European perspective, and also enjoys considerable success as an organizer of German-French exhibitions.


  • Professor Peter Scholze, Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry, University of Bonn

    Scholze answered fundamental questions in arithmetic algebraic geometry which had remained unsolved for decades, such as the proof of the so-called Langlands conjecture for p-adic local bodies.


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