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Honorary Doctorate for Physicist Wolfgang Junge

Department of Physics at Freie Universität Honors Professor Junge for Contributions to Biophysics

№ 26/2015 from Feb 04, 2015

The Department of Physics at Freie Universität Berlin is granting an honorary doctorate to Wolfgang Junge in recognition of his outstanding achievements in biophysics. The award ceremony will take place on February 9, 2015. The speakers during the special colloquium include Professor Menachem Gutman (University of Tel Aviv, Israel) and Professor Ernst Bamberg (Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt). The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

A native of Berlin, Wolfgang Junge majored in physics, mathematics, and electrical engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin between 1959 and 1965. After graduating with a degree in engineering and earning a doctorate, Junge completed the habilitation process in physical chemistry in 1971 at the Technical University. Junge was a visiting researcher in various locations including the United States, Spain, and Argentina. In 1979 Junge was appointed a professor of biophysics at Universität Osnabrück.

Professor Junge has made pioneering contributions to the study of two bioenergetic processes that are essential for life on Earth: photosynthesis in plants and the production of ATP, which transports chemical energy within all cells and is crucial for metabolism. Junge has received numerous awards for his work, including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Lower Saxony State Award, the Röntgen Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Rebeiz Foundation.

The award ceremony at Freie Universität will take place during a special colloquium at the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1078, Protonation Dynamics in Protein Function. Professor Junge's work is the foundation for the research being done at the CRC, which involves scientists at Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology.

Time and Location

  • Monday, February 9, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
  • Auditorium, Department of Physics (Room 0.3.12), Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf (U3)


Dr. Kerstin Wagner, Scientific Coordinator, CRC 1078, Tel.: +49 30 838-54584, Email: kerstin.wagner@fu-berlin.de

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