Alexander von Humboldt Professorship – Award Winners 2010

Marc Levine


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.

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Nominating university: Duisburg-Essen University

  • Marc Levine
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    Katrin Binner

    Prof. Dr. Marc Levine,
    born in the USA in 1952; currently Northeastern University, Boston, USA.
    Study and PhD in the USA; 1979 to 1984: Assistant Professor in Philadelphia; 1986 to 1988 Associate Professor in Boston, subsequently, Full Professor; numerous guest professorships, particularly in the USA and Germany; Wolfgang Paul Award Winner (2002) and Humboldt Research Award Winner (2006) in Bonn and Essen.



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Jürgen Margraf

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.

Nominating University: Bochum University, RUB
  • Jürgen Margraf
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    Katrin Binner

    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Margraf,
    born in Germany in 1956; currently at Basle University, Switzerland.
    Doctorate at Tübingen University and Stanford, California, USA. Habilitation at Marburg University. In California both academic and clinical activity. 1990 acting professorship at Münster, 1992 professor at Berlin’s Free University, 1993 professorship at Dresden University of Technology, TU Dresden. Since 1999, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and head of the Department of Psychology at Basle University; concurrently head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Basle University Psychiatric Hospital. Member of numerous academic bodies.



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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.

Nominating university: Mannheim University
  • Gerard J. van den Berg
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    Katrin Binner

    Prof. Dr. Gerard J. van den Berg,
    born in the Netherlands in 1962; currently Amsterdam Free University, The Netherlands.
    1988: PhD in Tilburg, the Netherlands; 1989-1993: Assistant Professor in Groningen, to 1996: Associate Professor and subsequently Full Professor in Amsterdam until 2006; additional professorships in Uppsala and Stockholm, Sweden, and Visiting Professor in Princeton, USA, in 2006; since 2007, one of three decorated Top Professors in Amsterdam; numerous awards and seats on academic committees .



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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.

Nominating university: Humboldt University Berlin
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    David Ausserhofer

    Prof. Dr. Philip van der Eijk,
    born in the Netherlands in 1962; currently Newcastle University, United Kingdom.
    1987-1994: Leiden University, the Netherlands; since the end of 1994: Department of Classics, Newcastle University, initially as a Wellcome Trust University Award Holder, subsequently as a Personal Professor of Greek and since the end of 2005 as Research Professor of Greek; numerous awards and seats on academic committees.



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Matthias Wessling

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.

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Nominating university: Aachen University of Technology, RWTH
  • Matthias Wessling
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    Prof. Dr. Matthias Wessling,
    born in Germany in 1963; currently at Twente University, Netherlands.
    Studies in Germany and the USA, doctorate in chemical process engineering at Twente University, Enschede, Netherlands. 1993 to 1994 Senior Research Scientist at Membrane Technology and Research Inc., California. Subsequently, Assistant Professor at Twente University, Netherlands, followed by a two-year period working in research for Akzo Nobel, Arnheim, Netherlands. Since 1999, Professor and head of the Membrane Technology Group at Twente University. Numerous awards and memberships in scientific bodies.



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