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The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of their contributions to research and teaching at the university.Image: Uli Benz/TUM

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) presents the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal to individuals who, through their exceptional achievements in science, technology or medicine, have rendered a great service to the university in their capacity as outstanding lecturers and researchers.

The award is named after the pioneer of German Neutron Physics, Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, one of the most eminent scientists in the university’s history. Maier-Leibnitz is most famous for having developed the scientific and technical concept for the first neutron source in Germany (the so-called “Atom-Ei” or “atomic egg”, 1957/58), located in Garching.

The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal has been awarded since 1997. So far, the following people have received the award:

2016

Ingrid Kögel-Knabner

Full Professor of Soil Science (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2016 “in honour of her exceptional work as a pioneer of interdisciplinary soil science which she helped to advance methodically, inter alia, with secondary ion mass spectrometry”.

Peter Rutschmann, Albert Sepp

Prof. Dr. Peter Rutschmann and Albert Sepp from the Chair for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering) received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2016 “in honour of their groundbreaking engineering work in the conception, planning and technical realisation of a new type of hydroelectric power station which optimally combines economic and ecological benefits”.

Stephan A. Sieber

Full Professor of Organic Chemistry II (Department of Chemistry)

Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Sieber received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2016 “in honour of his work in revealing the complex mechanisms of action of bioactive substances in bacterial cells and the new strategy against multi-resistant bacteria which was developed on the basis of these discoveries, and also in recognition of the university spinoffs with which he consolidated our objectives as “entrepreneurial university” in top-level scientific research”.

2015

Johannes Buchner

Full Professor of Biotechnology (Department of Chemistry)

Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchner received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2015 “in honour of his exceptional and internationally recognised achievements in protein research which served as the basis for new approaches in the treatment of diseases”.

Reiner Gradinger

Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedy and Trauma Surgery (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Reiner Gradinger received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2015 “in recognition of his pioneering clinical achievements in the field of reconstructive orthopaedic surgery, notably the development of new operating techniques in the large-scale replacement of areas of bone affected by tumours, with which he helped to enhance and reinforce the international prestige of the university’s clinic”.

Rüdiger Lange

Full Professor of Heart and Vascular Surgery (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Lange received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2015 “in honour of his internationally respected pioneering achievements as heart surgeon and his eminent clinical successes in the field of heart and vascular surgery”.

2014

Gordon Cheng

Full Professor of Cognitive Systems (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Gordon Cheng received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2014 “in honour of his outstanding and internationally respected academic achievements at the interface between robotics and neuroscience”.

Bernhard Küster

Full Professor of Proteomics and Bioanalytics (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Küster received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2014 “in honour of his exceptional academic achievements in the field of protein research and his contributions towards the decoding of human proteins”.

Markus Lienkamp

Full Professor of Automotive Technology (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lienkamp received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2014 “in honour of the technically innovative and internationally acclaimed contributions he made to electro-mobility research, with which he set new standards both for the art of engineering and for team building skills alike”.

Ursula Schmidt-Tintemann

Associate Professor (Emerita) for Plastic Surgery (School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Ursula Schmidt-Tintemann received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2014 “in honour of her enterprising achievements in plastic surgery, a field which was first developed at TUM School of Medicine and its Rechts der Isar Hospital and went on to achieve international prominence, establishing itself across the globe and thus making Munich the birthplace of a new specialist clinical discipline”.

2013

Maria-Elisabeth Michel-Beyerle

Associate Professor (Emeritus) of Physical Chemistry (Department of Chemistry)

Prof. Dr. Maria-Elisabeth Michel-Beyerle received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2013 “in recognition of her outstanding contributions over many decades to research in the field of physical chemistry”.

Wolfgang A. Wall

Full Professor of Computational Mechanics (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang A. Wall received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2013 “in honour of his internationally renowned academic achievements in the field of computational mechanics and for his successful endeavours as founding director of the Munich School of Engineering (MSE)”.

2012

Notker Rösch

Full Professor of Theoretical Chemistry (Department of Chemistry)

Prof. Dr. Notker Rösch received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2012 “in honour of his exceptional academic achievements in the development and application of quantum chemical methods, which are now used in order to solve of chemical and physical questions. Most notably, he successfully opened up new and productive theoretical approaches for catalysis research at a high scientific level”.

Ulf Schlichtmann

Full Professor of Electronic Design Automation (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulf Schlichtmann received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2012 “in recognition of his indefatigable and devoted endeavours in establishing new international study programmes, in particular at TUM Asia in Singapore, as well as in appreciation of his initiative and support in the implementation of the research base “Electromobility for Mega Cities” at TUM.CREATE in Singapore”.

2011

Heidrun Behrendt

Center of Allergy and Environment (ZAUM)

Prof. Dr. Heidrun Behrendt received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2011 “in honour of her exceptional scientific achievements in the field of allergy research and environmental medicine, and also in recognition of her work in establishing the Center of Allergy and Environment (ZAUM)”.

Franz Pfeiffer

Full Professor of Biomedical Physics (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Franz Pfeiffer received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2011 “in honour of his exceptional scientific and technological achievements in the field of ‘biomedical imaging’, especially in medical physics”.

2010

Reimar Lenz

Associate Professor of Videometry, Chair of Communications Engineering (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimar Lenz received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2010 “in honour of his exceptional scientific and technological achievements in the field of digital image and film processing, especially for the development of the film scanner ‘Arriscan’ which uses CMOS-semiconductor technology”.

Gerhard Wenzel

Professor Emeritus of Plant Breeding (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wenzel received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2010 for outstanding academic services to the Technical University of Munich.

2009

Vasilis Ntziachristos

Full Professor of Biological Imaging (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2009 “in honour of his exceptional scientific and technological achievements in the field of ‘biological and medical imaging’, especially in the development of optoacoustic imaging techniques for functional and molecular imaging”.

Doris Schmitt-Landsiedel

Full Professor of Technical Electronics (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Doris Schmitt-Landsiedel received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2009 “in honour of her outstanding scientific achievements in the field of technical electronics, notably in microelectronics and nanoelectronics, and in appreciation of her endeavours in promoting young female scientists”.

Chris-Carolin Schön

Full Professor of Plant Breeding (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Chris-Carolin Schön received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2009 “in honour of her exceptional scientific achievements in the field of molecular breeding research”.

Theodor Strobl

Professor Emeritus of Hydraulic Engineering and Hydraulic Management  (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Theodor Strobl received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2009 “in honour of his exceptional services to science, notably in the technically masterful conception and realisation of the Franconian Lake District, as well as in appreciation of his pioneering international engagement in Jordan and on the Arabian Peninsula”.

2008

Edgar Biemer

Former director of the Department for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery (TUM University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar)

Prof. Dr. Edgar Biemer received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2008 “in honour of his outstanding achievements in the field of transplant medicine and as a pioneer of plastic surgery and hand surgery”.

Christoph Höhnke

Oberarzt of the Department for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery (TUM University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar)

Dr. Christoph Höhnke received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2008 “in honour of his outstanding achievements in the fields of transplant medicine, plastic surgery and hand surgery.”

Hans-Günther Machens

Director of the Department for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery (TUM University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar)

Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Machens received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2008 “in honour of his outstanding achievements in the fields of transplant medicine, plastic surgery and hand surgery.”

Manfred Stangl

Oberarzt of the Department for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery (TUM University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar)

Dr. Manfred Stangl received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2008 “in honour of his outstanding achievements in the field of transplant medicine”.

2007

Rudolf Gross

Full Professor of Technical Physics (E23) (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2007 “in honour of his services as spokesman of the Collaborative Research Center 631, ‘Solid State Based Quantum Information Processing: Physical Concepts and Materials Aspects’”.

Udo Lindemann

Full Professor of Product Development (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Udo Lindemann received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2007 “in honour of his services as dean of the university and for successfully acquiring funds for the Collaborative Research Center 768 ‘Managing Cycles in Innovation Processes’”.

Rainer Matyssek

Full Professor of Ecophysiology of Plants (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Rainer Matyssek received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2007 “in honour of his groundbreaking research work in the field of biotic and abiotic interactions in plant physiology as well as in appreciation of his initiatives on behalf of the successful DFG
(German Research Foundation) Collaborative Research Centre 607 ‘Growth or Parasite Defense? Competition for Resources in Economic Plants from Agronomy and Forestry’”.

Liqiu Meng

Full Professor of Cartography (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Liqiu Meng received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2007 “in honour of her outstanding services on behalf of the development of intensive research cooperations with numerous partner universities abroad, in particular with the most prestigious universities in China”.

Harun Parlar

Full Professor of Chemical-Technical Analysis and Chemical Food Technology (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Harun Parlar received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2007 “in honour of his outstanding chemical-analytical work in the field of environmental analysis and food analysis, notably for the development of numerous methods and standards as well as for his research into reaction mechanisms which led to a breakthrough in environmental analysis and food analysis”.

Thomas Scheibel

Full Professor of Biomaterials (Department of Engineering Science, University Bayreuth)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2007 “in honour of the scientific breakthrough which he achieved at the Technical University of Munich by creating customised replicas of natural protein fibres as innovative biomaterials in biotechnology and the chemicals industry”.

2006

Gerhard Abstreiter

Full Professor of Experimental Semiconductor Physics (Department of Physics) and Director of Walter Schottky Institute (WSI)

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Abstreiter received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2006 “in honour of his pioneering contributions to modern semiconductor physics, which had a significant impact on our fundamental understanding of low-dimensional semiconductor structures and their
application in contemporary microtechnology and nanotechnology, and also in appreciation of his decisive contribution to the success of the Excellence Cluster ‘Nanosystems Initiative Munich’”.

Martin Buss

Full Professor of Automatic Control Engineering (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing./Univ. Tokio Martin Buss received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2006 “in honour of his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of control technology with particular application in robotics and telepresence systems, and also in appreciation of his determined coordination of the research cluster ‘Cognition for Technical Systems’ with which, together with a group of eminent scientists from Munich and in a multidisciplinary collaboration spanning Engineering, Natural Sciences, Medicine and Sociology, he successfully responded to the German federal and state Excellence Initiative and thus helped to enhance the scientific prestige of our university”.

Arthur Konnerth

Full Professor at the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair of Neuroscience (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Arthur Konnerth received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2006 “in honour of his groundbreaking research work in the neurosciences, notably his pioneering work on calcium imaging in neuronal dendrites with the aid of two-photon microscopy, and also in appreciation of his outstanding achievements in experimental teaching for doctors”.

Stephan Paul

Full Professor of Experimental Physics I (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Stephan Paul received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2006 “in honour of his exceptional, internationally respected research work on the structure of hadrons, and also in appreciation of his dedication in coordinating the research cluster ‘Origin of the Universe’, with which, together with a group of eminent scientists from Munich, he was immediately successful in the German federal and state Excellence Initiative and thus helped to enhance the scientific prestige of TUM”.

Ernst Rank

Full Professor of Computation in Engineering (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Ernst Rank received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2006 “in honour of his internationally respected, masterful research in the field of building informatics, in particular in the methodological grounding and advancement of finite element methods and computational fluid mechanics, and also in appreciation of his exceptional contributions to the restructuring project InnovaTUM-2008 and to the German federal and state Excellence Initiative.

2005

Thomas Herzog

Full Professor of Structural Technology (Department of Architecture)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzog received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2005 “in honour of his outstanding services in integrating technical and scientific knowledge in the art of draughtsmanship which allowed him to open up new dimensions for sustainable building, notably through the development of adaptable building envelopes and buildings systems”.

2004

Albrecht Struppler

Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Albrecht Struppler (1919-2009) received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2004 “in honour of his pioneering research work in the field of sensorimotor and pain conducting systems, in particular in the domains of electro-physiological diagnostics, the development of stereotaxy, in which he was far ahead of his time, and in recognition of the active role he played in shaping the Neurological Clinic and Policlinic of the Rechts der Isar Hospital as it grew to become an internationally renowned clinical-scientific institution”.

Georg Färber

Full Professor of Real-time Computing (RTC) (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Färber received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2004 “in honour of his internationally respected research work in the field of in-process computing systems and real-time computer systems, in particular in the domain of autonomously vision-controlled robots, and also in recognition of his valuable new ideas on how to implement them in the economy”.

Arne Skerra

Full Professor of Biological Chemistry (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Arne Skerra received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2004 “in honour of his groundbreaking research work in the fields of molecular biochemistry and biotechnology, notably in the area of rational and combinatorial protein design where he discovered the entirely new substance class of anticalins which he then used to develop a new basic technology in the life sciences”.

Anna-Elisabeth Trappe

Full Professor of Neurosurgery (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Anna-Elisabeth Trappe received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2004 “in honour of her outstanding research work in the field of neurosurgery, especially in the domain of spinal and spine marrow diagnostics, also in recognition of her talented organisation and leadership of the Neurosurgical Clinic and Policlinic of the Rechts der Isar Hospital as it gained international renown, and also in appreciation of her work as a doctor for whom the respect for human dignity has always taken priority during the treatment of her often critically ill tumor patients”.

2003

Joachim Hagenauer

Full Professor of Communications Engineering (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hagenauer received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2003. His theoretical and applied research work contributed to the development of efficient techniques for the coding and decoding of signals in transmission systems. Hagenauer’s research made a crucial contribution to the development of modern digital message transmission, for example for CDs, mobile communications and the Internet.

Peter Wilderer

Full Professor of Water Quality and Waste Technology (Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering)

Prof. Dr. Peter Wilderer received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2003. He has dedicated a lifetime of scientific endeavour to the issue of sustainable water use by humans and the realisation and maintenance of a ‘healthy’ water cycle. In honouring Prof. Dr. Wilderer, the university honours a teaching and research personality who combines science with social engagement, since the pursuit of this objective requires not only an excellent scientist and engineer in the discipline of civil engineering. A comprehensive understanding of the interrelations between environmental factors, ecological and microbiological systems and of human intervention can only be achieved on the basis of interdisciplinary research in cooperation with natural scientists.

2002

Joachim Heinzl

Full Professor of Microfabrication Technology and Microtechnology (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Heinzl received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2002 “in honour of his groundbreaking research in the field of microtechnology, notably for perfecting air-bearing technology, developing techniques for Drop On Demand ink printing and rapid prototyping, and also for his outstanding services on behalf of the advancement of the university”.

2001

Angelika Görg

Professor of Proteomics (TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan)

Prof. Dr. Angelika Görg received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 2001 “in honour of her groundbreaking research in the field of analytical 2D-electrophoresis, which paved the way for the innovative research field of proteomics and biotechnology in the medical, pharmaceutical, nutritional and agricultural sciences”.

1999

Franz Mayinger

Professor Emeritus of Thermodynamics (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Mayinger received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 1999 “in honour of his internationally renowned pioneering work on optical measuring techniques in multiphase flow and for heat transfer and mass transfer, and also in honour of his outstanding interdisciplinary achievements which significantly enhanced the university’s prestige”.

1998

Hans-Florian Zeilhofer

Special Consultant at the Klinik und Poliklinik für Mund-Kiefer-Gesichtschirurgie (TUM University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar)

Prof. Dr. Hans-Florian Zeilhofer received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 1998 “in honour of his achievements in facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation between the specialist fields of medicine, mathematics, computer science and materials research”.

1997

Friedrich L. Bauer

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics und Computer Science

Prof. Dr. Friedrich L. Bauer (1924-2015) received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 1997 “for his pioneering achievements in computer science research, notably in the development of algorithmic concepts and formally founded system design processes, and in recognition of his lifelong endeavours on behalf of the promotion and development of computer science in Germany”.

Wolfgang Haber

Professor Emeritus of Landscape Ecology

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Haber received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal in 1997 “in honour of his world-renowned achievements in the field of nature-conservation orientated regional development planning, and also in honour of his highly acclaimed theory of differentiated land use”.

The information provided on each of the laureates was up to date at the time the award was received.

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

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