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03/11/14

Alois Fuerstner receives prestigious French-German Award: Prix Gay-Lussac

Alois Fuerstner receives prestigious French-German Award: Prix Gay-Lussac

Due to his scientific achievements in the field of catalysis and in recognition of his long and varied contacts with France, Prof. Alois Fürstner, director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, will receive Prix Gay -Lussac of the Ministère de l' Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche.

Award Ceremony in Paris

The award ceremony will take place at the headquarters of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris on April 1st.

French President Valéry Giscard d' Estaing and his counterpart Chancellor Helmut Schmidt launched this award in 1982. Usually the awardees are two internationally renowned researchers who work in Germany and have rendered outstanding services for the German-French cooperation.

Winners are selected by French Scientists

The winners are selected by French scientists and a committee of the Académie des Sciences. In a reciprocal manner, the Humboldt Foundation honors French researchers.

The award is named after Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850), who is particularly known for his fundamental contributions to physical chemistry and electrochemistry (Gas Constant , law of multiple volumes). In close collaboration with Alexander von Humboldt, he measured the amount of gas in the electrolysis of water.

The picture shows Joseph Louis Gay -Lussac.