The Academy’s highest honor, 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 honor. In 2010, 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 Academy non-members, who have made a significant contribution in their field to benefit the Academy. Wolfgang Frühwald (1995) and Horst Dietz (2013) are among those who have been awarded this title.