Leibniz Prize

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the highest honour awarded in German research. The Leibniz Programme, established in 1985, aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding scientists and academics, expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative tasks, and help them employ particularly qualified young researchers. A maximum of €2.5 million is provided per award. Twelve Leibniz Prize winners have gone on to also be awarded the Nobel Prize.


Prof. Dr. Tobias Erb
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg

Prof. Dr. Moritz Helmstaedter
MPI for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main


Prof. Dr. Sarah Ellen O’Connor
MPI for Chemical Ecology, Jena


Prof. Dr. Marietta Auer
MPI for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr. Iain D. Couzin
MPI of Animal Behavior, Radolfzell / Constance


Dr. Asifa Akhtar
MPI of Immunbiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Volker Springel
MPI for Astrophysics, Garching


Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer
MPI for the History of Science, Berlin

Dr. Baptiste Gault
MPI für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. Andrea Musacchio
MPI of Molecular Physiology

Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein
MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena


Dr. Melina Schuh
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (Karl-Friedrich-Bonhoeffer-Institut), Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Brenda Schulman
MPI of Biochemistry (MPIB), Martinsried

Prof. Dr. Ayelet Shachar
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen


Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno
MPI for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Erika L. Pearce
MPI for Immunbiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert
MPI for the Science of Societies, Cologne

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf
MPI for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen


Prof. Dr. Ralph Hertwig
MPI for Human Development, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Frank Jülicher
MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden

Prof. Dr. Joachim Spatz
MPI for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart


Prof. Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier
MPI for Infection Biology, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Benjamin List
MPI für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr

Prof. Dr. Marina Rodnina
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen


Prof. Dr. Armin von Bogdandy
MPI for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Prof. Dr. Nicole Dubilier
MPI for Marine Microbiology


Prof. Dr. Roderich Moessner
MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems


Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann
MPI for Biochemistry


Prof. Dr. Anthony A. Hyman
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Keimer
MPI for Solid State Research


Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger
MPI for Human Development

Prof. Dr. Peter Fratzl
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces

Prof. Dr. Frank Neese
MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion

Prof. Dr. Petra Schwille
MPI of Biochemistry


Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius
MPI for Marine Microbiology

Prof. Dr. Karl Lenhard Rudolph
Max Planck Research Group "Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Regeneration" at the University of Ulm


Prof. Dr. Elena Conti
MPI of Biochemistry

Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry

Dr. Elisa Izaurralde
MPI for Developmental Biology

Prof. Dr. Klaus Kern
MPI for Solid State Research


Prof. Dr. Patrick Bruno
MPI of Microstructure Physics

Dr. Guinevre Kauffmann
MPI for Astrophysics

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel
MPI for Developmental Biology


Prof. Dr. Ferenc Krausz
MPI of Quantum Optics

Prof. Dr. Marino Zerial
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics


Prof. Dr. Günther Hasinger
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dierk Raaber
MPI für Eisenforschung GmbH


Prof. Dr. Winfried Denk
MPI for Medical Research

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huisken
MPI for Gravitational Physics

Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth
MPI für Kohlenforschung

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Seidel
MPI for Informatics


Prof. Dr. Franz-Ulrich Hartl
MPI of Biochemistry


Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jahn
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Stefan Müller
MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences

Prof. Dr. Ilme Schlichting
MPI for Medical Research


Prof. Dr. Alois Fürstner
MPI für Kohlenforschung


Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert
MPI for Human Development


Prof. Dr. Angela Friederici
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Knust
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics


Prof. Dr. Eduard Arzt
MPI for Metals Research

Prof. Dr. Gerd Faltings
MPI for Mathematics

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klein
MPI for Psycholinguistics

Prof. Dr. Michael Reth
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry


Prof. Dr. Gunter Fischer
Max Planck Research Unit for Enzymology of Protein Folding

Prof. Dr. Regine Kahmann
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krätschmer
MPI for Nuclear Physics

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Prinz


Dr. Hans-Georg Rammensee


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ertl
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society


Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics

Prof. Dr. Arndt Simon
MPI for Solid State Research, together with Prof. Martin Jansen, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bonn


Prof. Dr. Theodor Hänsch
MPI of Quantum Optics


Prof. Dr. Hans Wolfgang Spiess
MPI for Polymer Research


Prof. Dr. Erwin Neher
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, together with Bert Sakmann

Prof. Dr. Bert Sakmann
MPI for Medical Research, together with Erwin Neher


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hartmut Michel
MPI of Biophysics

Prof. Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
MPI for Developmental Biology, together with Herbert Jäckle

Prof. Dr. Herbert Jäckle
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, together with Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Prof. Dr. Fritz Schäfer
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry

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