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Prof. Barbara Wohlmuth received the Leibniz Prize in 2012 for her research in the field of domain decomposition methods.Image: Andreas Heddergott

Leibniz Prize

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the most prestigious award for scientists and scholars at German research institutions. Each year, the prize is awarded to up to ten researchers who have produced outstanding work at an early stage in their academic career and are expected to have an ongoing impact on the German research environment.

The Leibniz Prize was established by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) in 1985. The award money is intended to improve the working conditions of prizewinners by relieving them of administrative tasks and making it easier for them to employ well qualified young researchers.

To date (as of 2016), the prize, which carries an endowment of up to 2.5 million Euros, has been awarded to 18 members of the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Daniel Cremers (2016)

Full Professor of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (Department of Informatics)

Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers received the Leibniz Prize in 2016 for his pioneering research in the field of mathematical image processing and pattern recognition. The objective of this research is to improve the ability of machines to analyse and interpret image data.

Hendrik Dietz (2015)

Full Professor of Experimental Biophysics (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz received the Leibniz Prize in 2015 for his internationally reputed work in the field of bio-nanotechnology. His research into the mechanical and structural properties of proteins open up new horizons for the development of DNA-based “nano-machines”.

Vasilis Ntziachristos (2013)

Full Professor of Biological Imaging (TUM School of Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos received the Leibniz Prize in 2013 for his internationally highly respected contributions to optical imaging. The methods he developed gave new impetus to basic research and the treatment of patients.

Barbara Wohlmuth (2012)

Full Professor of Numerical Analysis (Department of Mathematics)

Prof. Dr. Barbara Wohlmuth received the Leibniz Prize in 2012 for her research in the field of domain decomposition methods. These methods make it possible to simplify complex, coupled problems in solid mechanics and fluid mechanics.

Franz Pfeiffer (2011)

Full Professor of Biomedical Physics (Department of Physics)

Prof. Dr. Franz Pfeiffer received the Leibniz Prize in 2011 for his research into the development of phase-contrast imaging with X-rays, which promises substantial progress in the early diagnosis of tumours.

Susanne Albers (2008) *

Full Professor of Theoretical Computer Science (Department of Informatics) since 2013

Prof. Dr. Susanne Albers received the Leibniz Prize in 2008 for her research into efficient algorithms in computer science. On the basis of her work, she succeeded in making major improvements to online and approximation algorithms.

Martin Beneke (2008) *

Full Professor of Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics (Department of Physics) since 2012

Prof. Dr. Martin Beneke received the Leibniz Prize in 2008. His research is contributing to the examination of the theoretical concepts of elementary particle physics, making it possible to identify any discrepancies and allowing entirely new structures to be discovered.

Holger Boche (2008) *

Full Professor of Theoretical Information Technology (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) since 2010

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Boche received the Leibniz Prize in 2008 for his contribution to the development of mobile communications technology. His theoretical work has expanded our understanding of complex mobile communications systems and he has also implemented his findings technically for the standardisation of new mobile communications networks.

Arthur Konnerth (2001) *

Prof. Dr. Arthur Konnerth received the Leibniz Prize in 2001. He has been director of the Friedrich Schiedel endowed chair of neuroscience (TUM School of Medicine) since 2005.

Ernst W. Mayr (1997)

Prof. Dr. Ernst W. Mayr received the Leibniz Prize in 1997 as Full Professor of Efficient Algorithms (Department of Informatics).

Jean Karen Gregory (1997)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jean Karen Gregory received the Leibniz Prize in 1997 as Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering Materials (Department of Mechanical Engineering).

Gerd Hirzinger (1995)

Prof. Dr. Gerd Hirzinger received the Leibniz Prize in 1995 as Honorary Professor of the Department of Informatics.

Manfred Broy (1994)

Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy received the Leibniz Prize in 1994 as Full Professor of Software & Systems Engineering (Department of Informatics).

Karl-Heinz Hoffmann (1991) *

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Hoffmann received the Leibniz Prize in 1991. He was Full Professor of Applied Mathematics (Department of Mathematics) since 1992.

Joachim Milberg (1989)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Milberg received the Leibniz Prize in 1989. He was Full Professor of Machine Tools and Scientific Management until 1993 and is Honorary Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Gerhard Abstreiter (1987)

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Abstreiter received the Leibniz Prize in 1987 as Full Professor of Experimental Semiconductor Physics (Department of Physics).

Wolfgang A. Herrmann (1987)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann received the Leibniz Prize in 1987 as Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry (Department of Chemistry). Currently he is president of TUM.

Hubert Schmidbaur (1987)

Prof. Dr. Hubert Schmidbaur received the Leibniz Prize in 1987 as Full Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry (Department of Chemistry).

In brackets: Year in which the award was received

* = not at TUM when 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