Research Awards



Inhoffen Medal

Inhoffen Medal
Inhoffen Medal

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 5000 Euros. The Inhoffen Medal is one of the most prestigious German prizes 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 today´s HZI.

The Inhoffen Medal is awarded by the Friends of the HZI, who sponsor the prize money amounting to 8,000 Euro.

The next Inhoffen ceremony will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019, 3 pm, at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (Forum), Braunschweig. This year’s awardee is Prof. Dr. Phil Baran, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA.

From left to right: Dirk Heinz (Scientific Director, HZI), Axel Brakhage (Laudator, HKI, Jena) , Rolf Müller (Inhoffen award winner 2018, HIPS, Saarbrücken), Dieter Jahn (Chairman Friends of the HZI), Hansjörg Hauser (Director Friends of the HZI)

Award Winners:

  • 2018  Rolf Müller, Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland
  • 2017  Helma Wennemers, ETH Zürich, Schweiz
  • 2016  Thomas Carell, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 2015  Hiroyuki Osada, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan
  • 2014  Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
  • 2013  Christopher T. Walsh, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • 2012  Peter Leadlay, Abteilung für Biochemie, Universität Cambridge, GB
  • 2011  Peter Seeberger, Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung, Potsdam
  • 2010  Herbert Waldmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Physiologie, Dortmund
  • 2009  William H. Fenical, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
  • 2008  Steven V. Ley, Universität Cambridge, GB
  • 2007  François Diederich, ETH Zürich
  • 2006  Gerhard Höfle und Hans Reichenbach, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, Braunschweig
  • 2005  Wilhelm Boland, Max-Planck-Institut, Jena
  • 2003  Manfred T. Reetz, Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • 2002  Horst Kessler, Universität München
  • 2001  Pierre Potier, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, Frankreich 
  • 2000  Rudolf Wiechert, Berlin
  • 1999  Carl Djerassi, Universität Stanford, USA
  • 1998  Ekkehard Winterfeldt, Universität Hannover 
  • 1997  Sir Alan R. Battersby, Universität Cambridge, GB
  • 1996  Kyriacos C. Nicolaou, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, USA
  • 1995  Albert Eschenmoser, ETH Zürich
  • 1994  Gerhard Quinkert, Universität Frankfurt 
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