Prof. Dr. Anna Wienhard and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Haass receive the Science Award of the Hector Foundation
The Hector Foundation II honors the outstanding research achievements of the two scientists in the fields of mathematics and cell biology by presenting the Hector Science Award to Anna Wienhard and Christian Haass.
Anna Wienhard is one of the world's leading mathematicians in the field of differential geometry. She is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig. For Anna Wienhard, the interactions of mathematics with theoretical physics, in particular, the study of quantum field theories, and applications of geometric and topological methods in data analysis and machine learning play an important role.
Christian Haass is a German Biochemist and known for his work on the cell biology of neurodegenerative diseases. He is a Professor for Metabolic Biochemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München und Speaker of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) — Munich. Together with an interdiziplinary team he uncovered the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease and identified target molecules for therapeutic treatment.
The Hector Science Award ceremony took place on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the Hotel Europäischer Hof in Heidelberg. Founder Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Hector welcomed the two new award winners to the circle of now 28 Hector Fellows. As Horst-Bodo Schauer, board member of the Foundation, explained, in the future two people will be awarded the Hector Science Award each year in order to ensure the sustainable development of the Hector Fellow Academy, in which the award winners are jointly committed to interdisciplinary top-level research and the promotion of young scientists in Germany.
With the Hector Science Award, the Hector Foundation II annually honors outstanding scientists from German universities and research institutions. The awardees become members of the Hector Fellow Academy.