Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal
The 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. The following people have received the award:
Professorship of Virology (Faculty of Medicine)
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Protzer received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Medal in 2020 "in recognition of her outstanding commitment to contain the corona pandemic, her scientifically sound and thoughtful information of the public and consultation of politicians, among others in the Expert Council of the Bavarian State Government, as well as her internationally renowned research in the field of virus-host interaction".
Chair of Nutrition and Immunology (TUM School of Life Sciences)
Prof. Dr. Dirk Haller received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Medal in 2020 "in recognition of his outstanding, internationally acclaimed research on the role of nutrition and the microbiome in the pathogenesis of chronic diseases”.