Highly endowed award for Professor Dieter Braun
Research on the origin of life
LMU-biophysicist Professor Dieter Braun was awarded the Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank prize for the year 2011. Worth a total of 100.000 Euro, it is the highest endowed award for junior chemists and physicists in Germany. The foundation board awards the prize to scientists from both scientific fields on an annually-alternating basis supporting outstanding achievements.
Dieter Braun, who is also a member of the Cluster of Excellence “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM), and his team impressed the board – amongst other projects - with their research on biomolecules within a temperature gradient. Based on their observations, the biophysicists developed and commercialized a method for screening new drugs in medicine. At the same time, the scientists made major contributions to our understanding of the evolution of molecules and the origin of life.
The Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank prize 2011 is awarded by two private foundations and the Berlin Weberbank foundation. The public award ceremony took place at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Prof. Dieter Braun
Systems Biophysics, Center for NanoScience (CeNS)
„Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM)