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Leibniz Prize 2019 Winner Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wernsdorfer
Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

Prof. Wernsdorfer carried out pioneering work on nanomagnetism and single-molecule magnets.

Leibniz Prize 2017 Winner Prof. Britta Nestler

Prof. Nestler is an expert in the field of computational materials science.

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Science awards

Overview of all Awards

Overview of the Awards
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Laureates at KIT

In the tradition of Noble Prize laureates such as Ferdinand Braun (1909), smart minds at KIT are regularly granted prominent awards.

Be it the prestigious prizes of the German Research Foundation (DFG) or science awards from ministries or foundations: KIT scientists repeatedly are among the winners. In the past years, several of the coveted State Research Prizes of the State of Baden-Württemberg or of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes of the DFG were awarded to KIT.

On the following pages, we would like to present some of the winners primarily of the past ten years.



Kavli Prize for Pioneers of Electron Microscopy

Maximilian Haider, honorary professor at KIT, receives the Kavli Prize for Nanosciences together with Harald Rose, Knut Urban, and Ondrej Krivanek for their work on the development of electron microscopy. The one million dollar prize is awarded every two years for outstanding research in the disciplines of astrophysics, nanosciences, and neurosciences.

Press release


KIT Computer Scientist wins ERC Advanced Grant

Prof. Peter Sanders receives one of the coveted ERC Advanced Grants from the European Research Council for his project "ScAlBox". The aim of the project is to provide algorithms and software libraries that can handle very large amounts of data and can be executed on millions of processors working in parallel.

Press release


Hector Science Prize for Prof. Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

Prof. Wolfgang Wernsdorfer from the Institute of Physics was awarded this year's science prize of the Hector Foundation. The jury honored the physicist's outstanding achievements in the development of quantum computers. The prize, which amounts to 150,000 euros, also includes admission to the Hector Fellow Academy.

Press release