What is the Gottfried Leibniz Award, and Who Is It Given?

What is the Gottfried Leibniz Award, and Who Is It Given?

June 27, 2021 Off By Felso

The Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Prize, also known as the Leibniz Prize, is an award given by the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) to support German scientists.

The Leibniz Award, named after the German scientist Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz(1646-1716), has been given to scientists working in Germany in various branches of science every year since 1985. The award was first introduced by Eugen Seibold, head of the German Research Society.

The Leibniz Prize is set at EUR 2.5 million (until 2006 EUR 1.55 million) for experimental scientists and EUR 755,000 for theoretical scientists. With this feature, the Leibniz Prize is the science support award with the highest international monetary award. Prize money must be used within seven years (5 years until 2006) in a way that is linked to projects and to support scientific development.

Some of the Leibniz Prize winners are: Dieter Lüst(2000), Gerd Faltings (1996), Peter Gruss (1994), Svante Pääbo (1992), Dieter Fenske (1992), Bert Holldobler 1990), Theodor W. Hänsch (1989) , Sigrid D. Peyerimhoff (1989), Jürgen Mittelstraß (1989), Günter Hotz (1989), Erwin Neher (1987), Bert Sakmann (1987), Dietrich Dörner (1986), Jürgen Habermas (1986), Hartmut Michel (1986) , and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (1986).