Humboldt Professorships

The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is the most highly endowed research award in Germany. With this prize, the eponymous foundation and the German Federal Ministry of Research seek to recruit renowned scientists from all over the globe to carry out long-term research activities in Germany.

The following LMU researchers have received an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship to date:

2014: Karen Radner

Faculty of History and the Arts

Karen Radner is an internationally recognized expert on the history of the Ancient Near East, and focuses particularly on the history of the Assyrian Empire.

2012: Stephan Hartmann

Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion

Stephan Hartmann is one of the world’s leading academics in formal epistemology and the philosophy of science. He gained his reputation particularly for his transdisciplinary approach, for example in applying Bayesian network theory, a statistical model of probability distribution, to complex issues in various areas of philosophy.

2010: Hannes Leitgeb

Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion

Hannes Leitgeb is one of the world’s leading academics working at the interface of logic, mathematics and cognitive science. His numerous innovative achievements include his work on artificial neural networks. This is where Leitgeb closes the interdisciplinary gap between research into artificial intelligence and brain research.

2008: Ulrike Gaul

Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

Ulrike Gaul (1960-2020) was a world leader and innovative expert in systems biology, a research field which has not yet fully established itself in Germany. Rather than isolating individual genes or proteins, systems biology investigates their combined impact in the body.

2008: Georgi Dvali

Faculty of Physics

Georgi Dvali is considered to be one of the world's leading experts in the field of particle research and is highly respected in his discipline for his theories on gravitational interaction.

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