Otto Hahn Award

Otto Hahn Prize


  • Subject: Special Merits
  • Consists of: 50,000 euros, gold medal, certificate
  • First awarded: 2005 (1955)
  • Awarded in: Odd years
  • Awarded jointly by: City of Frankfurt aM, DPG and GDCh

§2 statutes of the Otto Hahn Prize: purpose, fulfillment of purpose

"The award serves to promote science, especially in the fields of chemistry,

Physics and applied engineering

through the recognition of outstanding scientific achievements.

This is also connected with the intention of making the responsibility of science for society clear. "

The Otto Hahn Prize is jointly awarded every two years by the City of Frankfurt a. M., the German Physical Society (DPG) and the German Chemical Society (GDCh). The GDCh works together with the other member societies of the German Central Committee for Chemistry (DZfCh).

The prize has been awarded since 2005 and is a merger of the former Otto Hahn Award of the City of Frankfurt, the Otto Hahn Award for physics and Chemistry of the DPG and the GDCh, which was established in 1953.

Alternately, renowned people from physics and chemistry are honored with the prize. It is endowed with ?50,000, half of which is financed by the City of Frankfurt and one quarter each by the participating companies. The award ceremony will take place in Frankfurt's Pauls-Kirche.

awardee 2023 - Herbert Waldmann, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology

Professor Herbert Waldmann will be awarded the Otto Hahn Award for his groundbreaking achievements in the field of chemical biology and in particular his fundamental contributions to tumor research. As one of the co-founders of chemical biology, Herbert Waldmann is a leading scientist in this field. His specialization is in the synthesis and study of proteins as well as in the development of concepts and methods for the synthesis of bioactive small molecules. Through his research, he was able to gain new insights into biological signaling, particularly the role of Ras GTPases, which play an important role in many cancers. His work has helped develop new approaches to treating tumors with Ras mutations. Through the systematic synthesis of pseudo-natural substances, especially through the use of an innovative synthesis platform, he has developed a new source for active pharmaceutical ingredients. His interdisciplinary research has answered questions of particular social relevance.

More information about Professor Waldmann

Distinguished people since 1955

2023 Herbert Waldmann, Dortmund Chemistry
2021 Klaus Blaum, Heidelberg physics
2019 Martin Jansen, Stuttgart Chemistry
2017 Karsten Danzmann, Hanover physics
2015 Jürgen Troe, Göttingen Chemistry
2013 Ferenc Krausz, Munich physics (Nobel Prize in physics 2023)
2011 Manfred Reetz, Mülheim ad Ruhr and Marburg Chemistry
2009 Stefan Heil, Göttingen physics (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014)
2007 Gerhard Ertl, Berlin Chemistry (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2007)
2005 Theodor W. Hänsch, Munich physics (Nobel Prize in physics 2005)

Winners of the Otto Hahn Award for Chemistry and physics

2003 Helmut Schwarz, Berlin
2000 Hans Christoph Wolf, Stuttgart
1998 Dieter Oesterheit, Martinsried
1989 Rudolf Hoppe, Gießen
1986 Heinz Maler-Leibnitz, Munich
1979 Rolf Huisgen, Munich
1974 Friedrich Hund, Göttingen
1967 Georg Wittig, Heidelberg
1965 Erich Hückel, Marburg
1962 Manfred Eigen, Göttingen
1959 Hans Meerwein, Marburg

Lise Meitner, Stockholm/Sweden

Heinrich Wieland, Starnberg

Board of Trustees and Selection Committee

The awardee are selected by an eight-member board of trustees. Four members belong to the city of Frankfurt (mayor, head of the city council, head of cultural affairs, university president) and two each appoint the boards of GDCh and DPG.

A selection committee prepares a proposal for the Board of Trustees in advance:

Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert, University of Duisburg-Essen (board of trustees, lead management)
Prof. Dr. Joachim Sauer, Humboldt University of Berlin (Board of Trustees)
Prof. Dr. Benjamin List, MPI for Coal Research, Mülheim ad Ruhr
Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius, Westphalian Wilhelms University
Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig, University of Rostock
Prof. Dr. Maria Wächtler, Technical University of Kaiserslautern

Registration form for the Otto Hahn Award 2023 award ceremony

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 7:00 p.m., Paulskirche Frankfurt aM

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