The Leopoldina confers awards in the form of medals, prizes and honorary membership in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements.
The Academy’s highest honour, the Leopoldina Honorary Membership, is reserved for members who are particularly deserving due to their scientific merits and their service to the Academy.
The physicists Max Planck (1941) and Werner Heisenberg (1967) are among those who have received this honour. In 2011, former Leopoldina President Volker ter Meulen was awarded Honorary Membership for his work leading up to the Leopoldina’s appointment as the German National Academy of Sciences.
The title of Honorary Sponsor is awarded to Leopoldina members, and also non-members, who have made a decisive contribution to the good of the Academy in their field. Berthold Beitz (1987) and Wolfgang Frühwald (1995) are among those who have been awarded this title.
In 2012, the Leopoldina introduced the Emperor Leopold I Medal, which is awarded to public figures who have rendered outstanding services to science.
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