05th December 2018

Philipp Kukura, Fellow in Physical Chemistry, receives Klung Wilhelmy Science Award


(l-r) Prof Dr Eckart Rühl, Dr-Ing Lothar Wilhelmy, Prof Dr Philipp Kukura, Peter Lange 
Image Credit: Peter Himsel

Fellow in Physical Chemistry, Professor Philipp Kukura, has been presented with the prestigious Klung Wilhelmy Science Award for 2018. Professor Kukura was given the award, worth €60,000, in recognition of his pioneering work on the development and application of imaging methods on the visualisation and characterisation of individual biomolecules.

The award was presented to Professor Kukura at the Free University of Berlin under the patronage of the German Federal Minister for Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, on 22 November.

The Klung Wilhelmy Science Award honours leading young researchers. It is awarded in cooperation between the Otto Klung Foundation at the Free University and the Dr Wilhelmy Foundation. In alternating years it goes to a chemist or a physicist respectively. Various major national and international awards have been bestowed on former recipients of the Klung Wilhelmy Science Award including, on five occasions, a Nobel Prize.

Professor Kukura’s ground-breaking research has received recognition from the Royal Society of Chemistry, earning him the 2015 Marlow Award, and he was a finalist in the 2018 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. In further recognition of his work, the European Research Council (ERC) has recently announced that Professor Kukura is one of 291 scientists across Europe who will receive funding for their research that, in total, is worth €573 million.

The President of the ERC, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, commented: “This ERC funding will allow ambitious scientists to establish or strengthen their teams in Europe and be truly creative in their research. Beyond a push to the grantees’ careers, this European support will offer an excellent working environment for younger researchers at doctoral and post-doctoral levels. We look forward to see many of these daring ideas come to fruition, to the benefit of Europe at large.”

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