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The medal of the Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics.
The medal of the Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics.Image: Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker

The Otto Hahn Prize

The Otto Hahn Prize has been awarded conjointly by the City of Frankfurt, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh – German Chemical Society) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG – German Physical Society) since 2005. The prize is named after the Frankfurt-born scientist Otto Hahn, who discovered nuclear fission and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1944.

According to its statute, the prize serves to “promote science, in particular in the fields of chemistry, physics and applied engineering, by honoring eminent scientific achievements”. It carries a monetary award to the value of €50 000 and is presented every other year in St. Paul’s Church, Frankfurt am Main, alternating each time between physics and chemistry.

The current Otto Hahn Award is the result of the amalgamation of two former prizes which both bore the same name: The Otto Hahn Prize of the City of Frankfurt and the Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics.

The following members of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have received one of the Otto Hahn Prizes:

Otto Hahn Prize of the City of Frankfurt (1969–2005)

Franz Baumgärtner (1988)

Full Professor of Radiochemistry (Department of Chemistry)

Prof. Dr. Franz Baumgärtner received the Otto Hahn Prize of the City of Frankfurt am Main in 1988.

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (1984)

Professor Emeritus of Technical Physics (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (1911–2000) received the Otto Hahn Prize of the City of Frankfurt am Main in 1984.

Adolf Birkhofer (1976)

Full Professor of Nuclear Reactor Dynamics and Safety (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Adolf Birkhofer received the Otto Hahn Prize of the City of Frankfurt am Main in 1976.

Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics (1953–2005)

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (1986)

Professor Emeritus of Technical Physics (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (1911–2000) received the Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics in 1986.

In brackets: Year in which the award was received
The information provided was current at the time the award was received.

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Contact Office of the President

Dr. rer. nat. Benedikt Lickleder
Technical University of Munich
Arcisstraße 21
80333 München
Germany

Tel. +49 89 289 25205
Fax +49 89 289 23399
lickleder@zv.tum.de