Honorary membership

Honorary membership of the GDCh Division of Magnetic Resonance

The award of honorary membership is intended to recognize special services to the Division as an institution and its goals. This particularly includes the commitment to the founding, existence and expansion as well as the emphatic and lasting support of the activities of the Division.
Guidelines for awarding honorary membership

Honorary members
2023: Prof. Dr. Harald Günther
2022: Prof. Dr. Dr. hc mult. Wolfgang Lubitz
2022: Prof. Dr. Stefan Berger
2020: Prof. Dr. hc mult. Tony Keller
2014: Prof. Dr. Robert Guy Griffin
2010: Prof. Dr. Dr. hc mult. Horst Kessler
1998: Prof. Dr. Dr. hc mult. Richard R. Ernst
Prof. Dr. Robert Kosfeld

Prof. Dr. Harald Günther

Awarded on September 21, 2023 by Prof. Dr. Jörg Matysik "...in recognition of his long-standing commitment to the Division of Magnetic Resonance, his contributions to organo-lithium NMR spectroscopy and for his internationally highly regarded textbook on NMR spectroscopy. His comprehensive and in-depth textbook has benefited generations of NMR spectroscopy scientists -Give spectroscopists an introduction to a demanding and increasingly extensive field. This book was the result of his successful research on solid-state and solution NMR spectroscopy and is still of great value for undergraduate education today. Harald Günther's qualities as a bridge builder between people and specialist areas greatly benefited the Division, of which he is one of the founding fathers. As an assessor on the first Board from 1979 to 1981, as Chair from 1991 to 1993, as editor of MARS and as an organizer of numerous Conferences and training events, he has not not only contributed significantly to the development of the Division, but also to the development of NMR spectroscopy in Germany.

Wolfgang Lubitz

Award ceremony on September 15, 2022 by Prof. Dr. Jörg Matysik "...in recognition of his decades-long promotion of EPR spectroscopy for the benefit of the Division and the international magnetic resonance community. His fundamental work on biological energy conversion demonstrated the significance of EPR spectroscopy at the highest level and in a variety of ways and radiates far beyond the field of magnetic resonance. Particularly noteworthy are his excellent work on iron-iron and nickel-iron hydrogenases as well as on photosynthetic reaction centers. With these works he illuminated two essential areas of energy conversion: the catalytic splitting of water and the activation of molecular ones Hydrogen. The fruits of his work have inspired the Division of Magnetic Resonance for decades, made many scientific discoveries possible and made a decisive contribution to the outstanding position of magnetic resonance in Germany in general and of EPR spectroscopy in particular."

Stefan Berger (1946-2023)

Awarded on May 9, 2022 by Profs Jörg Matysik and Burkhard Luy: "...in recognition of his sustainable methodological and technical contributions, his many years of commitment to the Division of Magnetic Resonance and his many decades of outstanding teaching activities in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. His achievements have exceptionally promoted the understanding of NMR spectroscopy, the interpretation of NMR data and the targeted application of experiments, even by less experienced users, and thus made a substantial contribution to the spread of NMR and the use of this diverse technology across disciplines His numerous book publications, which make the practice on the NMR spectrometer easier for beginners as well as experts, and the detailed collection of NMR parameters in overview works, which have already served generations of scientists as a helpful reference work, testify to his special achievements. The fruits of his work have inspired the Division of Magnetic Resonance for decades, made many scientific findings possible and made a decisive contribution to the outstanding position of magnetic resonance in Germany. " (Photo: M. Findeisen, 2009)

Tony Keller (1937-2023)

Award ceremony on September 8, 2020 by Prof. Dr. Christian Griesinger: "...in honor of his more than 50 years of pioneering work at Bruker in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance, which transformed what had just been discovered into commercial products for the benefit of science - from noise decoupling to pulse Fourier spectroscopy to superconducting Magnets, fully digitized spectrometers, cryo heads and ultra-high field spectrometers. The fruits of his work have inspired the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Division for decades, made many scientific discoveries possible and made a decisive contribution to the outstanding position of magnetic resonance in Germany." (Photo: C. Griesinger)

Robert Guy Griffin

Awarded on September 30, 2014 as part of the FGMR lecture conference in Berlin: "... for his outstanding contributions to the field of magnetic resonance. He is the father of dipolar recoupling sequences and established dynamic nuclear polarization in solid-state NMR for applications in biological sciences. His fundamental work on dynamic nuclear polarization required a combination of state-of-the-art NMR and EPR techniques. He has driven dynamic nuclear polarization in the solid to a useful method for approximately 20 years. The investigation of the DNP effect in solids required basic understanding of magnetic resonance phenomena and in addition chemistry to implement the most efficient polarization transfer mechanisms with the least power and with biradicals of the correct geometry and rigidity as well as solubility. His instrumental design became commercially available and was adopted by numerous research groups. Bob Griffin has applied his methods to the study of highly relevant biolo gical problems such as amyloids and the photocycle of bacteriorhodopsin. He has contributed to educating several excellent scientists, who have a leading role in magnetic resonance in Germany. "

Horst Kessler

Awarded on September 22, 2010 during the FGMR lecture conference in Münster: "... in recognition of his continuous commitment both in the context of the establishment and the successful continuation of the Division as well as his diverse national and international services in the field."

Richard R Ernst (1933-2021)

Awarded on September 29, 1998 in Obernai during the Franco-German NMR Conference II: "...in recognition of his seminal contributions to the development of magnetic resonance over more than three decades, which have made magnetic resonance the most important means of elucidating the structure and dynamics of molecules in solution and in the solid state, in materials science and life sciences and for imaging in medicine , especially for the introduction of Fourier transform NMR spectroscopy, multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, multidimensional imaging experiment of polarization transfer techniques in solution and in the solid state and the systematic investigation of the dynamics of molecules.The Division thus honors one of the most outstanding researchers in the natural sciences, who not only stands out for his scientific contributions, but also for his commitment to magnetic resonance and its technical developments as well as for his Standing up for the development of basic research in the public."

Robert Kosfeld (1925-2007)


Obituary (Harald Günther; MARS 2008, 22)
On December 13, 2007, our founding and honorary member Dr. Robert Kosfeld, Emeritus Professor of physical chemistry at the University of Duisburg. Robert Kosfeld came from Iserlohn and studied physics in Bonn. After receiving his doctorate in 1958, he worked as a research associate at the Physical-Chemical Institute of the RWTH Aachen University and qualified as a professor there in 1967. In 1971 he was appointed scientific adviser and professor and in 1972 he was appointed adjunct professor. In 1974 he accepted a professorship for physical chemistry at the University of Duisburg. His scientific interests were in polymer chemistry and the diverse applications of NMR spectroscopy in this field. In Aachen he set up an efficient NMR laboratory, which very soon became known as a center for Conferences and advanced training courses due to his activities. Here he was a tireless and restless organizer, for whom the contact between NMR spectroscopists from the most diverse areas was always an important concern, also between the active ones separated by the German division. The Aachen colloquia on NMR spectroscopy, often held with international participation, soon had a permanent place in the conference calendar of spectroscopists and set important accents for the up-and-coming field of research, such as 1969 for investigations in liquid crystals. Always open to new things, his commitment made it possible that in 1970, during a training course in Aachen, a Bruker device for recording C-13 Fourier Transform spectra was used in the scientific public for the first time. He was one of the founders and editors of the monograph series "NMR Spectroscopy - Basic Principles and Progress" and was a member of the Advisory Board of Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry. He was also a driving force in the preparations for founding our Division and in 1974 he took part in the first meetings of the "NMR Club" in Frankfurt. From 1985 to 1990 he was then chairman of the Division and, among other things, organizer of the 1990 Conference held in Todtmoos, at which the merger of NMR spectroscopists from East and West was prepared. Even after retirement, when illness no longer allowed him to work actively, he took an active part in the progress of the Division . Robert Kosfeld has promoted the positive development of NMR spectroscopy in our country on various levels. We will always remember him with gratitude.

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