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Cothenius Medal

Awarded for a lifetime of superb scientific achievement, the Cothenius medal is made entirely of gold and bears the engraving “Praemium virtutis salutem mortalium provehentibus sancitum” (In recognition of the bearer’s great contribution to increasing the wellbeing of humankind). Christian Andreas von Cothenius (1708-1789) left “one thousand gold talers” to the Academy on the condition that every two years the interest on them be used to award a gold commemorative medal emblazoned with his image to the person who found the best solution to a prize question in the field of practical medicine. One of the first recipients of the medal was the physician and zoologist Ernst Haeckel in 1864. Since 1954 the Cothenius Medal has been awarded to eminent researchers – usually members – to honour a lifetime’s outstanding work.

Year Laureate City Discipline
2017 Fritz Melchers (born 1936) Berlin Zellbiologie
2017 Joachim Trümper (born 1933) Garching Röntgenastronomie
2015 Herbert Gleiter (born 1938) Karlsruhe Physik
2015 Otto Ludwig Lange (born 1927) Würzburg Biologie
2013 Gunter S. Fischer (born 1943) Halle Chemie
2013 Wolf Singer (born 1943) Frankfurt (M.) Neurowissenschaften
2011 Bert Hölldobler (born 1936) Würzburg Zoologie
2011 Anna M. Wobus (born 1945) Gatersleben Humangenetik und Molekulare Medizin
2011 Ulrich Wobus (born 1942) Gatersleben Genetik/Molekularbiologie
2009 Karl Decker (born 1925) Freiburg/Br. Biochemie
2009 Eduard Seidler (born 1929) Freiburg/Br. Medizingeschichte
2007 Klaus Wolff (born 1935) Vienna Dermatologie
2007 Sigrid Doris Peyerimhoff (born 1937) Bonn physikal. Chemie
2005 Hans Günter Schlegel (1924 - 2013) Göttingen Mikrobiologie
2005 Alfred Gierer (born 1929) Tübingen Organismische Biologie
2003 Ernst J. M. Helmreich (born 1922) Würzburg Biochemie
2003 Benno Parthier (born 1932) Halle Zellbiologie
2003 Andreas Oksche (born 1926) Giessen Anatomie
2001 Leopold Horner (1911 - 2005) Mainz Chemie
2001 Heinz Jagodzinski (1916 - 2012) Munich Physik
2000 Hans Mohr (born 1930) Freiburg (Br.) Organismische Biologie
1999 Rudolf Rott (1926 - 2003) Giessen Veterinärmedizin
1999 Dorothea Kuhn (1923 - 2015) Marbach Wissenschafts- und Medizingeschichte
1997 Otto Braun-Falco (born 1922) Munich Dermatologie
1997 Friedrich Hirzebruch (1927 - 2012) Bonn Mathematik
1995 Wilhelm Doerr (1914 - 1996) Heidelberg Pathologie
1995 Gottfried Möllenstedt (1912 - 1997) Tübingen Physik
1995 Dietrich Schneider (1919 - 2008) Starnberg Zoologie
1993 Wolfgang Gerok (born 1926) Freiburg (Br.) Innere Medizin
1993 Bernhard Hassenstein (1922 - 2016) Freiburg (Br.) Zoologie
1991 Heinz Röhrer (1905 - 1992) Rathenow Veterinärmedizin
1991 Albert Eschenmoser (born 1925) Küsnacht Chemie
1989 Sir Bernhard Katz (1911 - 2003) London Physiologie
1989 Jürgen Tonndorf (1914 - 1989) New York Oto-Rhino-Laryngologie
1989 Heinz Bethge (1919 - 2001) Halle Physik
1987 Rostislaw Kaischew (1908 - 1990) Sofia Physikal. Chemie
1987 Adolf Watznauer (1907 - 1995) Karl-Marx-Stadt Geologie
1985 Konrad Zuse (1910 - 1995) Hünfeld Computertechnik
1985 Hermann Flohn (1912 - 1997) Bonn Klimatologie
1983 Wolf Frhr. von Engelhardt (1910 - 2008) Tübingen Mineralogie
1983 Erna Lesky (1911 - 1986) Innsbruck Gesch. d. Medizin
1980 Wilhelm Jost (1903 - 1988) Göttingen Physikal. Chemie
1980 Friedrich Peter Matzen (1909 - 1986) Leipzig Orthopädie
1977 Wolfgang Gentner (1906 - 1980) Heidelberg Physik
1977 Arnold Graffi (1910 - 2006) Berlin Allg. Biologie
1975 Ilja Prigogine (1917 - 1988) Brüssel/Austin Physikal. Chemie
1975 Ernst Ruska (1906 - 1996) Berlin Physik
1974 Viktor A. Ambarcumjan (1908 - 1996) Erevan Astronomie
1973 Albrecht Unsöld (1905 - 1995) Kiel Astronomie
1972 Erwin Reichenbach (1897 - 1973) Halle Stomatologie
1971 Otto Kratky (1902 - 1995) Graz Physikal. Chemie
1971 Friedrich Hund (1896 - 1997) Göttingen Physik
1969 Pavel S. Aleksandrov (1896 - 1982) Moskau Mathematik
1969 Helmut Hasse (1898 - 1979) Hamburg Mathematik
1969 Bartel L. van der Waerden (1903 - 1996) Zurich Mathematik
1967 Vladimir A. Engelhardt (1894 - 1984) Moskau Physiologische Chemie
1967 Karl Lohmann (1898 - 1978) Berlin Physiologische Chemie
1966 Archibald Vivian Hill (1886 - 1977) Cambridge (GB) Physiologie
1965 Hans Hermann Bennhold (1893 - 1976) Tübingen Innere Medizin
1965 Ernst Derra (1901 - 1979) Düsseldorf Chirurgie
1964 Wolfgang Frhr. von Buddenbrock-Hettersdorff (1884 - 1964) Mainz Zoologie
1961 Max Bürger (1885 - 1966) Leipzig Innere Medizin
1960 Kurt Mothes (1900 - 1983) Halle Botanik
1960 Sir John C. Eccles (1903 - 1997) Canberra Physiologie
1959 Georg von Hevesy (1885 - 1966) Stockholm Physikalische Chemie
1959 Petr L. Kapica (1894 - 1984) Moskau Physik

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