Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize 2017 for Johannes Orphal

Académie des Sciences in Paris Honors Karlsruhe Climate Researcher
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Professor Johannes Orphal (photo: Rolf F. Wenzel)

Climate researcher Professor Johannes Orphal from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will be awarded the renowned Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize of the Paris Académie des Sciences. By awarding this prize, the academy honors the researcher’s outstanding contributions to remote sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere. The Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize is awarded every year to two exceptional German researchers with particular merits in German-French cooperation. The prize was created in 1981 by the then French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and the then German chancellor Helmut Schmidt. It is endowed with 60,000 euros.

“Professor Orphal is one of our leading scientists in climate research. With his work, he has set international standards,” says President of KIT Professor Holger Hanselka. “His research, in particular on atmospheric trace gases, highlights important factors that cause climate change. Through science, Professor Orphal intends to contribute to the protection of our natural resources. We are proud of the fact that Johannes Orphal researches and teaches at the KIT.”

“This award is an extraordinary honor and an incentive for me to further expand our German-French cooperation in climate research in the future,” points out Johannes Orphal, who has been researching and teaching at KIT since 2009.

Full text: press release 04/2018

lg, 22.01.2018