25 November 2009, Nr. 38/2009

Humboldt Foundation congratulates Wolfgang Frühwald on receiving the Hans Olaf Henkel Prize

On 26 November, the Foundation’s Honorary President will be awarded the Prize for Science Policy

German scholar Professor Dr. Wolfgang Frühwald, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation from 1999 to 2007, will receive the “Hans Olaf Henkel Prize – Award for Science Policy” on 26 November in Rostock. The jury of academics and representatives of public life chose the Humboldt Foundation’s Honorary President in recognition of his outstanding services to creating a single German research area after reunification and his achievements as an ambassador for Germany as a cosmopolitan and attractive location for research.

Professor Dr. Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation would like to congratulate his predecessor whom he describes as one of the most eminent German experts in the international promotion of science and educational policy. In all the offices he has held he had proved to be an inspired and assertive science manager. To the Humboldt Foundation in particular, his personality had been of inestimable value. “As President of the Humboldt Foundation, Wolfgang Frühwald was tireless in his efforts to improve the working and living conditions of foreign researchers in Germany – the Award for Germany’s Friendliest Immigration Office was just one of the initiatives to attract considerable notice. He also led the Foundation into greater engagement in Europe. And he imbued the vision of a worldwide Humboldt family embracing both fellows and staff with warmth and life,” Schwarz commented.

Born in 1935, Wolfgang Frühwald was the first humanities scholar to become President of the Humboldt Foundation. He has been an emeritus professor of Modern German Literary History at LMU München since 2003, is a member of numerous committees and was President of the German Research Foundation from 1992 to 1997.

The Hans Olaf Henkel Prize, which is valued at 20,000 EUR, is awarded every two years. This year, the ceremony will take place in the presence of the Federal President during the Leibniz Association’s annual meeting in Rostock on 26 November. The prize was granted for the first time in 2007.

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Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 1,900 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 23,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in 130 countries worldwide – including 43 Nobel Prize winners.


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