10 December 2015

Humboldtians chosen to receive Leibniz Prizes

Eight of the ten Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes, each worth €2.5 million, go to researchers in the Humboldt Family in 2016.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation congratulates the newly selected Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winners. Three Humboldtians –Emmanuelle Charpentier, Benjamin List and Marina V. Rodnina – are among the ten researchers who have been selected by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) to receive its 2016 Leibniz Prize.

The infection biologist Emmanuelle Charpentier (47) came to Germany in 2013 as an Alexander von Humboldt Professor. She initially conducted research at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig and the Hannover Medical School. Charpentier has already received several prestigious awards for her research relating to the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing. Recognised worldwide as a highly innovative chemist, Benjamin List (47) conducted research at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, USA, from 1997 to 1998 as a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation. Today, List is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr and serves as the academic host to Humboldt Foundation Fellows. The internationally recognised biochemist Marina Rodnina (55) came as a Humboldt Research Fellow to the University of Witten-Herdecke in 1990 where she also habilitated and subsequently became a professor of physical biochemistry. Rodnina has been director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen since 2008.

The Leibniz Prize winners Daniel Cremers, Daniel James Frost, Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Christoph Möllers and Bénédicte Savoy are also part of the Humboldt Network: they all were hosts to Humboldt Fellows from other countries who came to Germany for research stays. The newly selected Leibniz Prize winners are also active in the Humboldt Network as expert consultants or speakers at conferences such as the Frontiers of Research symposia.

The 2016 Leibniz Prizes each come with €2.5 million in funding and will be awarded to a total of ten winners at a special ceremony that will be held in Berlin in March.

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