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Leibniz Prize Winners since 1987

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the largest award in German research. The goal of the Leibniz Program is to improve the working conditions of outstanding scientists and scholars, to expand their research possibilities, to reduce their administrative workloads, and to facilitate the employment of particularly qualified younger scientists.

Since 1988, 18 professors at Freie Universitaet Berlin have received the Leibniz Prize.


  • Year: 1987
    Prof. Dr. Volker Erdmann
    Subject Area: Biochemistry
  • Year: 1987
    Prof. Dr. Wolfram Saenger
    Subject Area: Biochemistry
  • Year: 1991
    Prof. Dr. Randolf Menzel
    Subject Area: Neurobiology
  • Year: 1992
    Prof. Dr. Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit
    Subject Area: Japanese Studies
  • Year: 1992
    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kocka
    Subject Area: Social History
  • Year: 1994
    Prof. Dr. Johann Mulzer
    Subject Area: Organic Chemistry
  • Year: 1994
    Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer
    Subject Area: Judaic Studies
  • Year: 1995
    Prof. Dr. Emo Welzl
    Subject Area: Computer Studies
  • Year: 1998
    Prof. Dr. Onno Oncken
    Subject Area: Geology
  • Year: 1998
    Prof. Dr. Regine Hengge
    Subject Area: Microbiology
  • Year: 2001
    Prof. Dr. Joachim Küpper
    Subject Area: Romance Languages and Literature
  • Year: 2001
    Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler
    Subject Area: Mathematics
  • Year: 2003
    Prof. Dr. Hélène Esnault
    Subject Area: Mathematics
  • Year: 2003
    Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein
    Subject Area: Mathematics
  • Year: 2003
    Prof. Dr. Gerhard Huisken
    Subject Area: Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Studies (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics Golm)
  • Year: 2004
    Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter
    Subject Area: Theater Studies
  • Year: 2006
    Prof. Dr. Gyburg Uhlmann
    Subject Area: Greek and Latin Languages and Literature
  • Year: 2017
    Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler
    Subject Area: Arabic Studies
  • Year: 2023
    Prof. Dr. Anita Traninger
    Subject Area:
    Romance Languages and Literature