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Prizes and medals

The academy awards prizes in recognition of research and scientific excellence, focusing in particular on the next generation of young scholars. 

The President hands out all prizes and medals during the ceremonial annual meeting of the academy, which is traditionally held in Munich in early December. The winners are proposed by the members and cannot nominate themselves. 

Prizes

The academy inaugurated the Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling Prize in 2006 to recognise researchers with outstanding achievements. 

Top researchers in mathematics and the natural sciences receive the Arnold Sommerfeld Prize. 

The academy awards the Max Weber Prize and the Peregrinus Foundation Prize to young scholars who have excelled in the humanities. 

The Academy Prize is awarded to individuals who are not engaged in research on a full-time basis. 

The academy bestows the Academy Prize of the Karl Thiemig Foundation for the Promotion of Young Scientists to staff members who have demonstrated particularly worthy achievements. 

Public figures who have rendered valuable service to the academy receive the Bene Merenti Medal in gold, silver or bronze. 

The academy awards the Silver Medal of Merit to deserving members and staff. 

Schelling Prize

By awarding the Schelling Prize, the academy recognises the outstanding achievements or life’s work of top researchers. Inaugurated in 2006, it is awarded every two years alternately to a recipient from the humanities and the natural sciences and is worth EUR 25,000. The academy announces the theme of the award in the corresponding invitation for submissions. The academy’s most prestigious scientific prize is named in honour of the philosopher and academy President Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775-1854) and is sponsored by E.ON Bavaria. 

Proposals may be put forward by the Bavarian state universities, the Catholic University of Eichstätt, the Universität der Bundeswehr München and the Max Planck Society; personal applications are not permitted. Nominations are reserved for scientists who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in Germany or other countries in the announced field of the award. Those submitting the proposals are not restricted to naming members of their own institution. Members of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities are excluded from the award.

2016Prof. Dr. Christoph Neuberger     Laudatio
2014Prof. Dr. Viatcheslav F. Mukhanov     Laudatio
2012Prof. Dr. Lorraine Daston        Laudatio
2010Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann    Laudatio
2009Prof. Dr. Lambert Schmithausen     Laudatio
2006Prof. Dr. Gerhard Abstreiter      Laudatio

 

 

 

Robert Sauer Prize

This prize, endowed by Dr. Utta Bachmann-Morenz, was awarded between 1998 and 2014 in memory of the mathematician and academy President Robert Sauer (1898-1970). The EUR 5,000 prize recognised outstanding research achievements in mathematics/the natural sciences and was specifically reserved for women at the donor’s request. 

 

2014

Prof. Dr. Stefan M. Huber (Chemie)

Laudatio

2012

Dr. Ulrich Rant (Physik)

Laudatio

2010

Prof. Gudrun Klinker, Ph.D. (Augmented Reality)

Laudatio

2008

Dr. Martin Kleinsteuber (Mathematik und Informatik)

Laudatio

2006

Dr. med. Marianne Brigitte Müller

Laudatio

2004

Dr. med. Erika von Mutius (Medizin)

Laudatio

2002

Dr. Petra Huhn (Mathematik)

 

2000

Dr. Manfred Kalb (Biologie)

 

1998

Dr.-Ing. Rainer Callies (Physik, Mathematik)

 

Arnold Sommerfeld Prize

The academy introduced the Arnold Sommerfeld Prize in 1994 for outstanding achievements by young scientists working in the natural sciences. 

Proposals may be put forward by the ordinary members of the academy’s Mathematics-Natural Sciences class. The prize is worth EUR 4,000 and is funded by donations. 

Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger

2016 Dr. Thomas Magauer Laudatio
2016 Dr. Franz Schilling Laudatio

2015

Dr. Gregor Koblmüller

Laudatio

2014

Prof. Dr. Sonja Herres-Pawlis (Chemie)

Laudatio

2013

Prof. Dr. Martin Eckstein (Theoretische Physik)

Laudatio

2012

Dr. Franz Hagn (Biochemie)

Laudatio

2011

Dr. Daniel Frost (Geowissenschaften)

Laudatio

2010

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Dietz (Biophysik)

Laudatio

2009

Dr. Stephan A. Sieber (Biochemie)

Laudatio

2008

Dr. Sebastian T. B. Gönnenwein (Festkörperphysik)

Laudatio

2007

PD Dr. Lukas Worschech (Technische Physik)

Laudatio

2006

Dr. Markus Betz (Nanotechnologie)

Laudatio

2005

Dipl.-Biol. Dr. Johannes Herrmann (Zellbiologie)

Laudatio

2005

PD Dr. Heinrich Schwoerer (Laserphysik)

Laudatio

2004

PD Dr. Andreas Zumbusch (Biophysikalische Chemie)

Laudatio

2003

PD Dr. Sabine Strahl (Botanik, Zellbiologie)

Laudatio

2002

Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner (Chemie)

 

2001

Prof. Dr. Kay Severin (Chemie)

 

2000

Dr. Alfred Leitenstorfer (Physik)

 

1999

PD Dr. Martin J. Müller (Pharmazie)

 

1998

Dr. Dipl. Forstwirt Thomas Jung (Forstwirtschaft)

 

1997

Prof. Dr. Christian Griesinger (Chemie, Physik)

 

1996

Dr. Ulrich Berger (Mathematik, Informatik)

 

1995

Dr. Ulrich Höfer (Physik)

 

1994

Dr. Erwin Grill (Botanik)

 

Max Weber Prize

Inaugurated by the academy in 1994, the Max Weber Prize recognises particularly outstanding dissertations and lecturer qualifications in the humanities and social sciences. 

Proposals are submitted by the ordinary members of the Philosophy-History class. The prize worth EUR 4,000 is funded by the Foundation for the Promotion of Science in Bavaria. 

Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger

2016 Dr. Berenike Metzler Laudatio

2015

Prof. Dr. Elke Seefried (Geschichtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2014

Dr. Markus Hien (Literaturwissenschaft)

Laudatio

2013

Dr. Martina Niedhammer (Geschichtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2012

Dr. Lisa Dittrich (Geschichtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2011

Dr. Luis Greco (Rechtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2010

Prof. Dr. Cornel Zwierlein (Geschichtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2009

PD Dr. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann (Musikwissenschaft)

Laudatio

2008

PD Dr. Alf Christophersen (Theologie)

Laudatio

2007

PD Dr. Christiane Birr (Rechtsgeschichte)

Laudatio

2006

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark (Romanische Sprachwissenschaft)

Laudatio

2005

Dr. Eugen Hill (Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft)

Laudatio

2004

PD Dr. Albert Dietl (Kunstgeschichte)

Laudatio

2003

Anke Niederbudde, M.A. (Slavische Philologie)

Laudatio

2002

Stefan Vogenauer M. Jur. (Rechtswissenschaft)

 

2001

Dr. Wolfgang Forster (Rechtswissenschaft)

 

2000

Dr. Karl-Ulrich Gelberg (Geschichtswissenschaft)

 

1999

Dr. Andreas Thier (Rechtswissenschaft)

 

1998

Sonja Glauch (Altgermanistik, Indogermanistik, Buchwissenschaften)

 

1997

Dr. Ulrike Sprenger (Germanistik)

 

1996

Dr. Marion Eggert (Sinologie)

 

1995

Dr. Oliver Lepsius (Rechtswissenschaft)

 

1994

Dr. Jón Axel Hardarson (Sprachwissenschaft)

 

Peregrinus Foundation Prize

The prize endowed by the Peregrinus Foundation, which was established by Professor Dr. Rudolf Meimberg, was awarded by the academy for the first time in 1997. It rewards young humanities scholars whose publications have led to greater understanding of interdisciplinary approaches and the questions arising from this kind of approach. Humanities publications of major socio-political relevance are also considered. 

The prize is awarded every two years and is worth EUR 5,100. 

Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger

2015

Dr. Roland Färber (Geschichtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2013

Dr. Uwe Wilhelm (Rechtsgeschichte)

Laudatio

2011

Dr. Eva-Verena Wendt (Psychologie, Pädagogik, Soziologie)

Laudatio

2009

Dr. Guido Möllering (Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften)

Laudatio

2007

Dr. Mirjam Triendl-Zadoff (Geschichtswissenschaft, Judaistik)

Laudatio

2005

Dr. Hadumod Bußmann (Linguistik, Geschichtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2003

Yacov Jacques Guggenheim (Geschichtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2001

Prof. Dr. Trutz Rendtorff (Systematische Theologie)

 

1999

Prof. Dr. Franz Henrich (Theologie)

 

1997

Dr. Heinrich Meier (Philosophie)

 

Academy Prize

The Academy Prize has been awarded annually since 1961 to recognise the scientific achievements of individuals who are not engaged in research on a full-time basis. The prize worth EUR 5,000 is funded by the Foundation for the Promotion of Science in Bavaria. 

Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger

2016 Helga Marxmüller Laudatio

2015

Dr. Wolf-Armin Frhr. von Reitzenstein (historische Ortsnamenforschung)

Laudatio

2013

Prof. Dr. Peter Rau (Klassische Philologie)

Laudatio

2012

Dr. med. Hartmut Mehlitz (Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Ägyptologie)

Laudatio

2011

Prof. Dr. Dr. Hubert Kaufhold (Römisches Recht, Recht des Christlichen Orients)

Laudatio

2010

Wiebke Schröder und Dr. Ludwig Meinunger (Botanik)

Laudatio

2009

Prof. Dr. Lenz Meierott (Botanik)

Laudatio

2009

Dr. Karl Bayer (Klassische Philologie)

Laudatio

2008

Dr. h.c. Hermann Süß (Judaistik, Hebraistik)

Laudatio

2007

Dr. Dieter Launert (Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften)

Laudatio

2006

Dr. Friedhelm Kemp (Germanistik, Romanistik)

Laudatio

2005

Dr. h.c. Josef Bogner (Botanik)

Laudatio

2004

Dr. Otto Gritschneder (Geschichtswissenschaft)

Laudatio

2003

Dr. Johann F. Ehrhardt (Biologie)

Laudatio

2002

Dr. Dorothea Hölscher-Lohmeyer

 

2001

Klaus Peter Kelber

 

2000

Dr. Erhard Dörr

 

1999

Dr. Dr. med. Martha Hausperger

 

1998

Ronald E. Watson

 

1997

Dr. Helmut Boese

 

1996

Otto Mergenthaler

 

1996

Eva Ziesche

 

1995

Alfred Einhellinger

 

1993

Dr. Günther Wächtershäuser

 

1993

Dr. Werner Müller

 

1992

Dr. Dagmar von Helversen

 

1991

Dr. Helga Reindel-Schedl

 

1990

Dr. Ursula Koch

 

1989

Dr. Walter Metzner

 

1988

Dr. Karl Daumer

 

1987

Dr. Klaus Schildberger

 

1987

Franz Xaver Herrmann

 

1986

Otto Braasch

 

Academy Prize of the Karl Thiemig Foundation for the Promotion of Young Scientists

The Academy Prize of the Karl Thiemig Foundation for the Promotion of Young Scientists was introduced in 2010. It is awarded to staff who have distinguished themselves through outstanding scientific achievements or exceptional commitment, or who have made a valuable contribution to scientific research at the academy. 

Proposals may be put forward by all the chairs of the scientific commissions, the head of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, the head of the Walther-Meißner-Institute for Low Temperature Research and the President of the Historical Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The prize is worth EUR 3,000 and is funded by the Karl Thiemig Foundation for the Promotion of Art and Science in Bavaria. 

Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger

2016 Dr. Nikolai Solmsdorf Laudatio

2015

Dr. Marcus Zagermann (Vergleichende Archäologie römischer Alpen- und Donauländer)

Laudatio

2014

Dr. Johannes John (Kommission für Neuere deutsche Literatur)

Laudatio

2013

Dr. Ellen Latzin (Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit)

Laudatio

2012

Dr. Hans Hübl (Walther-Meißner-Institut für Tieftemperaturforschung)

Laudatio

2011

Dr. Wolfgang Hommel (Leibniz-Rechenzentrum)

Laudatio

2010

Matthias Reinert M.A., (Historische Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Laudatio

Bene Merenti Medal

The academy has awarded the Bene Merenti Medal in bronze, silver and gold since the 18th century to individuals who have rendered particularly valuable service to the academy. 

Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger

2012

Dr. Hugo Beikircher

Gold

2012

Dr. Wolfgang Sprißler

Gold

2011

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Haber

Gold

2011

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Meimberg

Silber

2010

Dr. med. Utta Bachmann-Morenz

Gold

2008

Prof. Dr. Hermann Rumschöttel und Dietmar Täube

Silber

2007

Prof. Dr. Calvin M. Bower

Silber

2007

Ulrike Leutheusser

Silber

2006

Prof. Dr. Heinz Gumin

Silber

2005

Ministerialrat a.D. Norbert Willisch

Silber

2003

Prof. Dr. Clemens Zintzen

Silber

2002

Staatsministerin a.D. Dr. Mathilde Berghofer-Weichner

Silber

2001

Monika Stoermer

Silber

2000

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Simson

Silber

1999

Dr. Hans Zimmermann

Silber

1998

Maximilian Hackl

Silber

1998

Emmi Thiemig

Silber

1997

Prof. Drs. h.c. mult. Senator e.h. Klaus G. Saur

Silber

1996

Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Beck

Silber

1995

Johannes Kohl

Silber

1994

Heinrich Prinz Reuß

Silber

1993

Museumsdirektor a.D. Hermann Dannheimer

Silber

1992

Dr. Hans Jacob

Silber

1991

Studiendirektor a.D. Günter Flohrschütz

Silber

1990

Archivdirektor a.D. Dr. Michael Schattenhofer

Silber

1988

Prof. Dr. Torsten Gebhard

Silber

1988

Dr. Hans Wieland

Silber

1987

Akademiedirektor a.D. Dr. Edgar Krausen

Silber

1986

Dr. Robert Doll

Silber

1985

Dr. Dr. h.c. Karin Schneider

Silber

1984

Min.Dir. a.D. Walther Krafft

Silber

1982

Pater Dr. Norbert Backmund

Silber

1982

Senator h.c. Günther Klinge

Silber

1981

Dr.-Ing. Rudorf Kremp

Silber

1980

Dr. Sebastian Hiereth

Silber

1979

Dr. Eduard Nübling

Silber

1978

Prof. Dr. Annemarie von Gabain

Silber

1978

Dipl.-Met. Dr. h.c. Oskar Reinwarth

Silber

1977

Prof. Dr. Johannes B. Schneyer

Silber

1977

Dr. Heribert Sturm

Silber

1976

Dr. Albrecht Rupprecht

Silber

1976

Wilhelm Schonath

Silber

1973

Johannes Bischoff

Silber

1973

Prof. a.D. Dr. Angela von den Driesch

Silber

1970

Wilhelm Giess

Silber

1969

OStR Walter Wüst

Silber

1968

Prof. Dr. Meinhard Zallinger-Thurn

Silber

1965

Dr. Martha List

Silber

1959

Dr. Sigrid Müller-Christensen

Silber

1959

O.S.B. Dr. Johannes Maria Hoeck

Silber

1959

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Otto Meitinger

Silber

1959

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Rodenstock

Silber

Silver Medal of Merit

In 2003, the academy began to award the Silver Medal of Merit to members and staff who have shown particular commitment to the interests of the academy. 

2015

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross (Walther-Meißner-Institut für Tieftemperaturforschung)

2011

Prof. Dr. Roland Bulirsch (TU München)

2010

Archivdirektorin Dr. Sylvia Krauß (Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv)

2010

Prof. Dr. Markus Schwoerer (Universität Bayreuth)

2008

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Hammermayer (LMU München)

2008

Prof. Dr. Andreas Kraus (LMU München)

2005

Prof. Dr. Heinz-Gerd Hegering (LMU München)

2004

Prof. Dr. Friedrich L. Bauer (TU München)

2003

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Medicus (LMU München)

2003

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Lauth (LMU München)

Rotary Prizes

Academy staff were singled out for their outstanding scientific achievements by Munich-Hofgarten Rotary Club between 2006 and 2010 and by Munich-Friedensengel Rotary Club between 2007 and 2009. 

2010

Dr. Achim Marx (Walther-Meißner-Institut für Tieftemperaturforschung)

Laudatio

2009

Drs Maria Antonia Ottink (Thesaurus linguae Latinae)

Laudatio

2008

Dr. Stefan Pautler (Kommission für Theologiegeschichtsforschung)

Laudatio

2008

Dr. Christof Völksen (Bayerische Kommission für die Internationale Erdmessung)

Laudatio

2008

Anna-Lena Müller-Bergen (Kommission zur Herausgabe der Schriften von Schelling)

Laudatio

2007

Dr. Edith Hanke (Kommission für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte)

Laudatio

2007

Dr. Esteban Mauerer (Historische Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Laudatio

2006

Dr. Christine Steininger (Kommission zur Herausgabe der Deutschen Inschriften des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit)

Laudatio