Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung (German Research Hall of Fame)

In cooperation with manager magazin, this award honors researchers who through their work have furthered Germany as a major player in scientific advances and its success as industrial player.

About the award

The award Hall of Fame der deutsche Forschung was established in 2009 by manager magazin. Since 2015, manager magazin and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany jointly present this award with the intention to improve the connection between science and industry in Germany. The Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung provides a platform to demonstrate and highlight the scientific achievements to the broader public.

2019 Awardee

In the year 2019, Karsten Danzmann, Vice-Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics was inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Research. Danzmann was awarded for his significant contribution to the detection of gravitational waves. He developed the high-precision lasers necessary for this discovery. His laser techniques are now further developed e.g. for high-precision GPS navigation systems. Since 1993 he is Head of the Institute for Gravitational Physics at the University of Hannover and member of the Max-Planck-Society. He received numerous prestigious awards including the Max-Planck-Research Award, the Otto-Hahn-Award and the Stern-Gerlach-Medaille. Photo credit: Mario Wezel for manager magazin.

List of Award Winners

Year Name University Distinguished project
2019 Karsten Danzmann Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics High-precision lasers for the detection of gravitational waves.
2018 Franz-Ulrich Hartl Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry Discovery of chaperone and their function in spatial protein folding and research in approaches and pharmaceutical agents against defect protein folding. 
2017 August-Wilhelm Scheer University Saarland Development of a software architecture that made the digital management of all business processes of a company possible on a broad basis. Furthermore, Scheer is founder of multiple companies.
  Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich Co-founder of Biotech-Valley and an instrumental person in German universities and institutes due to his positions as president of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Founding Secretary General of the European Research Council (ERC).
2016 Jens Frahm Max-Planck Society
Development of fast nuclear spin examination procedures in medical diagnostics.
  Franz Pischinger RWTH Aachen Improvement of the emission control of petrol and diesel engines.
2015 Gerhard Ertl Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society Basis for technical exhaust emission purification in internal combustion engines. Nobel laureate of 2007.
  Manfred Weck RWTH Aachen Further development of automatic turning, milling and drilling. Resulting increase in productivity in the metalworking industry and the German mechanical engineering.
2014 Stefan Hell Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry  
  Ludwig Pohl Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany  
2013 Klaus von Klitzing Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research  
  Hans-Jörg Bullinger Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research  
2012 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology  
  Axel Ullrich Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry  
2011 Theodor W. Hänsch Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich  
  Joachim Milberg German Academy of Science and Engineering (Acatech)  
2010 Manfred Eigen Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Research  
  Harald zur Hausen German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)  
  Günter Spur TU Berlin  
  Karl Ziegler Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research  
2009 Karlheinz Brandenburg Ilmenau University of Technology  
  Peter Grünberg Jülich Research Centre  
  Werner Heisenberg Max-Planck-Institute for Physics  
  Feodor Lynen Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry (former: Cell Chemistry)  

Key Facts

The award is administered by manager magazin.

  • Number of Laureates: 2 per year
  • Cycle: Annual

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