In memory of the chemist Prof. Hans Herloff Inhoffen, who died in 1992, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the Technical University (TU) Braunschweig annually organize the Inhoffen lecture and award the Inhoffen Medal since 1994. The prize is endowed with 5 000 Euros. The Inhoffen Medal is the most prestigious German prize within the area of natural compound chemistry.
From 1946 to 1974, Inhoffen taught at the TU Braunschweig and served as its rector from 1948 to 1950. In 1965, he founded the "Institute of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics", the precursor of the "German Research Centre for Biotechnology" and todays HZI.
The Inhoffen Medal and the prize money are awarded by the Friends of the HZI.
2013 C.T, Walsh, Harvard Medical School, USA
2012 P. Leadlay, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
2011 P. Seeberger, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam
2010 H. Waldmann, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund
2009 W. Fenical, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
2008 V.S. Ley, University of Cambridge, UK
2007 F. Diederich, ETH Zurich
2006 G. Höfle und H. Reichenbach, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig
2005 W. Boland, Max Planck Institute, Jena
2003 M. Reetz, Mülheim an der Ruhr
2002 H. Kessler, University Munich
2001 P. Potier, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
2000 R. Wiechert, Berlin
1999 C. Djerassi, Stanford University, USA
1998 E. Winterfeldt, University Hannover
1997 Sir Alan R. Battersby, University Cambridge, UK
1996 K.C. Nicolaou, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, USA
1995 A. Eschenmoser, ETH Zurich
1994 G. Quinkert, University Frankfurt