Scientific Prizes and Honours

Academia Europaea

Academia Europaea founded in 1988, is a European non-governmental scientific association acting as an Academy. Members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research

Prof. Robert Huber, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried, Professor für Chemie, TU München
Prof. Edward William Schlag, Physikalische Chemie

acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering

acatech, established as the German Academy of Science and Engineering (German: Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften) on 1 January 2008, represents the interests of German technical sciences independently, in self-determination and guided by the common good, at home and abroad. acatech is organized as a working academy that advises politicians and the public on forward-looking issues concerning the technical sciences and technology politics.

2002 Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Inorganic Chemistry
2002 Prof. Hubert Schmidbaur, Inorganic und Analytical Chemistry
2013 Prof. Bernhard Rieger, Macromolecular Chemistry

Alfred-Stock Memorial Prize (GDCh)

The Alfred-Stock Memorial Prize or Alfred-Stock-Gedächtnispreis is an award for "an outstanding independent scientific experimental investigation in the field of inorganic chemistry." It is awarded biennially (originally annually) by the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker). The award, consisting of a gold medal and money, was created in 1950 in recognition of the pioneering achievements in inorganic chemistry by the German chemist Alfred Stock.

1982: Prof. Hubert Schmidbaur
1959: Prof. Ernst Otto Fischer
1951: Prof. Walter Hieber

Alwin Mittasch Prize (DECHEMA)

The Alwin Mittasch Prize  was founded by BASF as the Alwin Mittasch Medal in 1990. It is awarded for work in the field of catalysis, concerning either advances in basic research or successful application in industry. Since 2006 it is awarded  on an international level, now as the Alwin Mittasch Prize.

2021: Prof. Johannes A. Lercher

Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften) is an independent public institution, located in Munich. It appoints scholars whose research has contributed considerably to the increase of knowledge within their subject. The general goal of the academy is the promotion of interdisciplinary encounters and contacts and the cooperation of representatives of different subjects.

1964: Prof. Ernst Otto Fischer †, Anorganische Chemie
1978: Prof. Edward William Schlag, Physikalische Chemie
1988: Prof. Robert Huber, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried, Professor für Chemie
1993: Prof. Hubert Schmidbaur, Anorganische und Analytische Chemie
1996: Prof. Horst Kessler, Organische Chemie
2000: Prof. Wolfgang Baumeister, Biochemie, Molekulare Strukturbiologie 
2009: Prof. Thorsten Bach, Organische Chemie
2010: Prof. Johannes Buchner, Biotechnologie

Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art

The Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (German: Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst) was first established on 28 November 1853 by King Maximilian II. von Bayern. It is awarded to acknowledge and reward excellent and outstanding achievements in the field of science and art.

1981: Prof. Ernst Otto Fischer †, Inorganic Chemistry
1993: Prof. Robert Huber, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie
2006: Prof. Maria-Elisabeth Michel-Beyerle, Physical Chemistry
2010: Prof. Hubert Schmidbaur, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
2012: Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Inorganic Chemistry

Bavarian Order of Merit

2000: Prof. Maria-Elisabeth Michel-Beyerle, Physical Chemistry
2007: Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Inorganic Chemistry
2018: Prof. Günther WessBiochemistry

Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Der Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – besser bekannt als Bundesverdienstkreuz – ist die höchste deutsche Auszeichnung für Verdienste um das Gemeinwohl.

Bundespräsident Theodor Heuss stiftete den Orden 1951 zum zweiten Jahrestag der Gründung der Bundesrepublik. Er wird in neun Abstufungen in den Gruppen Verdienstmedaille, Verdienstkreuz, Großes Verdienstkreuz und Großkreuz an Deutsche und Ausländer vergeben.

Großes Verdienstkreuz mit Stern und Schulterband

1997: Prof. Robert Huber, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie

Verdienstkreuz am Bande

1995: Prof. Maria-Elisabeth Michel-BeyerlePhysikalische Chemie
1997: Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Anorganische Chemie

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is a program of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (the German Research Foundation) which awards prizes “to exceptional scientists and academics for their outstanding achievements in the field of research.” It was established in 1985 and up to ten prizes are awarded annually to individuals or research groups working at a research institution in Germany or at a German research institution abroad.

1987: Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Inorganic Chemistry
1987: Prof. Hubert Schmidbaur, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
2019: Prof. Brenda Schulman, Biochemistry
2020: Prof. Thorsten Bach, Organic Chemistry

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Medal

2012: Prof. Notker Rösch Theoretical Chemistry
2013: Prof. Maria-Elisabeth Michel-Beyerle Physical Chemistry
2015: Prof. Johannes Buchner Biotechnologie 
2016: Prof. Stephan A. Sieber Organic Chemistry

Klung Wilhelmy Science Award

The Klung Wilhelmy Science Award is an annual German award in the field of science, alternating annually between the categories of chemistry and physics. This honour is bestowed upon outstanding younger German scientists under the age of 40. The prize has become one of the highest privately funded scientific endowments in Germany. The prizewinners are selected by permanent committees at the Institutes of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Physics at the Free University of Berlin, with additional input from professors at other universities. Proposals and nominations by nationally and internationally renowned scientists are also taken into consideration. The final decision on the selection recommendations is made by the following foundations: the Otto Klung Foundation at the Free University of Berlin and the Dr. Wilhelmy Foundation. The stated aim of these foundations is to strengthen the promotion of outstanding scientific achievements and to reward internationally accredited innovative approaches.
(Quelle: Wikipedia)

1982: Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Inorganic Chemistry
2016: Prof. Dr. Stephan Sieber, Organic Chemistry


The Leopoldina is the national academy of Germany. Historically it was known under the German name Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina until 2007, when it was declared a national academy of Germany. The Leopoldina is located in Halle. Founded in 1652, the Leopoldina claims to be the oldest continuously existing learned society in the world.

1969: Prof. Ernst Otto Fischer †, Inorganic Chemistry
1990: Prof. Hubert Schmidbaur, Inorganic Chemistry
1995: Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Inorganic Chemistry
2002: Prof. Horst Kessler, Organic Chemistry
2006: Prof. Thorsten Bach, Organic Chemistry
2006: Prof. Johannes Buchner, Biotechnologie
2017: Prof. Michael Sattler, Biomolecular NMR-Spectroscopy

Max Planck Research Award

1991 Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Anorganische Chemie
2001 Prof. Horst Kessler, Organische Chemie

National Academy of Engineering (USA)

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a US non-profit scientific society which addresses questions from the fields of engineering, technology and society in an interdisciplinary manner.

The NAE has over 2000 members who come from both the US and abroad. Membership of the academy is one of the highest professional accolades for engineers. Admission to the academy is granted exclusively on the basis of a nomination and election by other members.

2017 Prof. Johannes A. Lercher, Chemical Technology

Otto Hahn Prize

The Otto Hahn Prize is awarded biennially jointly by the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker), the German Physical Society (Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft) and the city of Frankfurt am Main for outstanding achievement in the field of chemistry, physics or applied engineering science. It was established in 2005 by the merger of the previous Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics and the Otto Hahn Prize of the City of Frankfurt am Main.

The award named after the German nuclear scientist and Nobel laureate Otto Hahn. It is awarded alternatively for Chemistry and Physics.

1955: Prof. Heinrich Wieland †, Organische Chemie
1988: Prof. Franz Baumgärtner, Radiochemie

Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts

Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts (German: Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste), a German and formerly Prussian honor given since 1842 for achievement in the humanities, sciences, or arts.

1952 Prof. Heinrich Otto Wieland †, Organische Chemie
1993 Prof. Robert Huber, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie


1994: Klaus Müller-Dethlefs Physical Chemistry

The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) was founded by King Gustaf V in 1919 and is, as such, the oldest engineering academy in the world.

The academy has around 1300 elected members who come both from Sweden and abroad and include experts and decision-makers from the worlds of business, industry and science.

2011 Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Anorganische Chemie

Wilhelm-Klemm Prize (GDCh)

1995: Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Inorganic Chemistry
2015: Prof. Thomas Fässler, Inorganic Chemistry with Focus on New Materials

Awards for excellence in teaching

Ernst Otto Fischer Award for Excellence in Teaching

In recognition of outstanding performance on the part of TUM's teaching staff, the Ernst Otto Fischer (EOF) Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to up to three innovative educational projects that have been successfully implemented at TUM.

2012 Dr. Stefan Huber, Organic Chemistry
2013 Dr. Florian Kraus, Inorganic Chemistry, Fluorine Chemistry
2015 Dr. Friedrich Esch, Physical Chemistry, Dr. Christoph Scheurer, Theoretical Chemistry
2015 Dr. Andreas Bauer, Organic Chemistry
2016 Prof. Dr. Tobias Gulder, Biosystems Chemistry