Leibniz Prize: high distinction for committee member
Professor Pfeiffer, member of the European XFEL Scientific Advisory Committee, receives renowned Leibniz Prize.
Today, Franz Pfeiffer (38), professor of applied biophysics at the Technical University of Munich and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the European XFEL GmbH, was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2011 of the German Research Foundation (DFG) together with nine other laureates. Franz Pfeiffer received the prize for his outstanding contributions to X-ray imaging, in particular the development of phase imaging and the use of partially coherent sources. “At an age of only 38 years, he is already an international authority in X-ray science and combines a high scientific talent with a pronounced sense for high-technology innovation. His work opened up new ways for X-ray science to visualize tissue,” the statement of the DFG reads.
„X-ray free-electron lasers like the European XFEL hold high promise for the development of imaging, and we are especially glad that such an authority in the field agreed to help and advise the European XFEL,” says Massimo Altarelli, managing director of the European XFEL GmbH.
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the highest honour awarded in German research. It is conferred to scientists and academics in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements. The prize also aims to improve their working conditions and expand their research opportunities. This year, each of the four female and six male prize winners receives 2.5 million euro.