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12/16/13

Scientist carries the name of Mülheim into the world: Ben List receives the “Ruhrpreis für Kunst und Wissenschaft”

Scientist carries the name of Mülheim into the world: Ben List receives the “Ruhrpreis für Kunst und Wissenschaft”

“The Max Planck Institutes are like stars above Mülheim. They shine far beyond the borders of the city. We are very proud of them.” With her keynote speech, Dagmar Mühlenfeld, Mayor of Mülheim, opened the “Ruhrpreis für Kunst und Wissenschaft” Award Ceremony. This year`s awardees are Prof. Benjamin List, Managing Director at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung and the artist Eberhard Ross.

“I am very grateful to my group,” said Ben List after he had received the award. He stated that he could not work without his team that, in his opinion, forms “the best lab in the world”. And it is precisely through this work that the chemist has been awarded the Ruhrpreis.

Ferdi Schüth, who gave the laudation for Ben List, explained why catalysis research and thus Ben List’s work is of social relevance: “Enzymes in our body or the catalyst in the car: life is not possible without catalysis.” Schüth explained Ben List’s findings (the use of proline as a catalyst) caused a revolution in Chemistry. When there have been only three known working fields of catalysis, List found a fourth one.

“This award is a symbol for the importance of art and science,” said Dagmar Mühlenfeld. “Artists and scientists inspire and confuse. They bewilder and amaze.” The city of Mülheim has honored outstanding artists and scientists who are connected to the city through their lives or through their work with the Ruhrpreis since 1962. The Ruhrpreis is sponsored by the Sparkasse. It is endowed with 3000 Euro. Other scientists of the Kohlenforschung have already been awarded, including Ferdi Schüth, Alois Fürstner and Manfred Reetz.