Primo Levi Prize

Primo Levi Prize


  • Area of expertise: Commitment to humanitarian goals
  • Consists of: ceramics, certificate
  • First awarded: 2017
  • Announcement: Currently not advertised
  • Awarded jointly by: SCI and GDCh

The Primo Levi Prize honors chemists who, beyond their discipline, are particularly committed to humanitarian goals. The prize was used in 2016 by the GDCh together with the SCI, the Società Chimica Italiana.

The prize is awarded in memory of Primo Levi (1919 - 1987), the Italian chemist and writer who was deported to Auschwitz as a young man in the anti-fascist resistance and Jewish religious affiliation. There he had to do forced labor in a chemical laboratory of IG Farben-Bunawerke.

He survived.

Primo Levi processed what he had experienced in literature and created world literature. He also shared his observations and experiences in countless encounters with others. So his commitment went far beyond his job as a chemist. Throughout his life he pursued his desire to put into words the reality of the camp and what it made of the people, either in writing or speaking.

Prize winner 2019 - Vincenzo Balzani, Bologna / Italy

Professor Vincenzo Balzani received the Primo Levi Prize in recognition of his deep interest in the social aspects and the ethical positions of science and scientists as well as his intensive efforts to promote science as a promoter of a peaceful better world with the aim of reducing poverty and putting an end to wars territories. As an outstanding scientist and formidable mentor, he has always been a role model and source of inspiration for generations of students and scholars.

More information on Professor Balzani

Distinguished people since 2017

2019 Vincenzu Balzani, Bologna/Italy
2017 Roald Hoffman, Ithaca, NY/USA

selection committee

Ex officio:
President of the GDCh (lead management): Dr. Karsten Danielmeier (2022 & 2023)
President of the SCI (lead management): Prof. Dr. Gianluca Farinola (2023 - 2025)
GDCh Executive Director: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Koch, Frankfurt aM (as secretary without voting rights)
A member of the Levi family: Prof. Dr. Renzo Levi, Turin/IT

other members:
Prof. Dr. Margherita Venturi, University of Bologna
Prof. Dr. Francesco de Angelis, L'Aquila/IT
dr Peter Golitz, Weinheim
Prof. Dr. Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus, Bielefeld University

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