Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2010 – Film Portraits
Marc Levine is a world leader in the field of Algebraic Geometry. His outstanding, innovative contributions to his subject, not least his recent Theory of Algebraic Cobordism, have elicited a huge response and been recognised in numerous awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Wolfgang Paul Award in 2001. Levine will become one of the directors of the proposed Institute of Algebra at Duisburg-Essen University, drawing on previous stays in Essen. Levine will thus contribute to covering a broad palette of mathematical methods which will be unique in Germany and, indeed, can only be found at very few other places in the world.
Jürgen Margraf is considered to be a leading expert in the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapy with a particular focus on the treatment of anxiety disorders. He advocates short forms of treatment, already evaluated for their efficacy, a position he championed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Psychotherapy advising the Federal government. His most recent work concentrates on identifying conditions for good mental health in order to prevent disease. At Bochum University Margraf is expected to drive forward the research focus area of clinical psychology, which has been developed over the last few years, and head the projected new Mental Health Research and Treatment Centre.
Gerard J. van den Berg
Gerard van den Berg is a world leader in the field of Econometrics, an academic discipline which uses methods taken from statistics to analyse and explain economic relationships. He specialises in labour market and health economics. Van den Berg’s outstanding reputation is not only based on his innovative research; he is also considered to be one of the best exponents of his discipline with regard to combining scientific theory and economic practice. He is a member of various research institutes all over Europe and is one of the most productive econometricians worldwide. He will set up a new Centre of Economics and Empirical Economics at Mannheim University and help the university to progress from being a top German institution in this field to becoming one of the very best in the world.
Philip van der Eijk
Philip van der Eijk is internationally recognised as an outstanding expert in the fields of Classical Philosophy and the History of Science as well as in the History of Ancient Medicine. He focuses on the dialogue between philosophy and medicine. His current research interests are concerned with the understanding of the interaction between body and soul from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Highly decorated as a classicist, van der Eijk is not only respected as a brilliant researcher but also as an excellent science manager. He is expected to give significant impetus to and expedite the internationalisation of the History of Ancient Medicine and Classics in Germany. Berlin’s Humboldt University has established a Centre for the History of Science where van der Eijk will work together with other colleagues using an interdisciplinary approach. He is also expected to be involved in many projects, including the cluster of excellence, TOPOI, and to help HU Berlin achieve eminence in his discipline worldwide.
Chemical process engineering
Matthias Wessling is recognised as one of the most productive and influential experts in membrane technology and polymer research. He has an outstanding reputation as a basic researcher who knows how to combine theory and practice. This is a result of the experience he gained and contacts he made during three years working in industrial research. His work is seminal for future technologies in the fields of energy and environment, such as membranes for fuel cells and high performance batteries for water treatment and desalination. At RWTH Aachen it is planned to use his expertise to forge close links between engineering, natural science and medicine. The location should become a top international address for membrane research.