Academic Awards and Honours

In their history, the institutes of the Göttingen Campus have been highly successful in attracting the "best minds". The outstanding scientists have established the international reputation of the institutions and continue to shape their profile to this day. Here you will find a small selection of the long list of historical personalities who have studied or researched in Göttingen, as well as an overview of current award winners.

Latest Awards

  • Professor Tian studies dynamic phenomena in the Sun’s atmosphere; his research group is a partner group of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research.
    Prof. Dr. Hui Tian, who leads a partner group of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) at Peking University in China, has received this year's Karen Harvey Prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The AAS thus honors Tian's contributions to the understanding of small-scale and dynamic processes in the solar atmosphere. Processes of this kind may hold the key to understanding how the Sun…
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  • Karl Bertram and Chun So of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and Fabian Jan Schwarzendahl at the MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization were awarded the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal. Chun So also receives the Otto Hahn Award. (in German)
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  • Thanks to Jens Frahm and his team, magnetic resonance imaging examinations are carried out relatively quickly today.
    The number is gigantic: About 100 million examinations are carried out with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) every year – and every scanner worldwide uses the technology developed by Jens Frahm with his team at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry. For his achievements, the physicist has now been awarded the Werner von Siemens Ring, one of the most important German technology prizes. Back in the early days of MRI in the 1980s,…
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  • Ulrich Christensen, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, receives one of the highest awards of the American Geophysical Union.
    The American Geophysical Union (AGU) yesterday awarded the Inge Lehmann Medal to Prof. Dr. Ulrich R. Christensen, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS). With this award, the AGU acknowledges Prof. Dr. Christensen’s outstanding contributions to the understanding of the dynamic processes in the Earth's mantle and core. His work has contributed decisively to a detailed and realistic picture of the processes in the…
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  • Professor Thomas Kaufmann receives the prestigious German Research Award
    The theologian Professor Thomas Kaufmann from the University of Göttingen has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2020 by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The DFG thus honours Kaufmann as one of the “most important international Reformation researchers”, according to the jury. Kaufmann’s research on the church history of the Reformation and the Denominational Age has changed our understanding of Martin Luther, the complex world…
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  • In his doctoral thesis, Sudip Mandal investigated how special pressure waves help maintain temperatures of several million degrees in the outermost solar atmosphere.
    The Department of Plasma Physics of the Association of Asian Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) has awarded Dr. Sudip Mandal of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) this year's U30 award. The AAPPS thus honors Mandal's contributions to the understanding of magneto-hydrodynamic waves in the corona, the outer atmosphere of the Sun. In his doctoral thesis, which Mandal wrote at the Indian Institute for Astrophysics in Bangalore,…
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  • European research consortium awarded the prestigious ERC Synergy Grant to study the nanostructure of muscles and the causes of muscular diseases
    Max Planck scientists Stefan Raunser (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology) and Dirk Görlich (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry) together with Mathias Gautel from King's College London, and Frank Schnorrer from the Developmental Biology Institute in Marseille, have been awarded one of the rare and highly endowed Synergy Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Funds of 11 million Euros during the next six years will…
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