Inhoffen-Lecture

Hans Herloff Inhoffen

The Inhoffen Lecture was established in 1994 under the leadership of Prof. em. Dr. Dr. hc. Hennig Hopf and is awarded annually in memoriam of the natural product chemist Prof. Dr. Hans Herloff Inhoffen who died in 1992.

Prof. Dr. Inhoffen taught from 1946 until 1979 at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the TU Braunschweig and officiated from 1948 to 1950 as president of the TU Braunschweig. Furthermore, in 1965 he founded the Institute of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, the progenitor institute of the “Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung” (GBF), and therefore of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI).

Inhoffen-Medaille

The Inhoffen Lecture is awarded together with the Inhoffen Medal and prize money of 8,000 € by the TU Braunschweig and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) to scientist which have rendered outstanding services to the area of natural product chemistry and is one of the most renowned German awards in the field of natural product chemistry.

The Inhoffen Medal and the prize money is sponsored by the Friends’ Association of the HZI (https://www.helmholtz-hzi.de/en/the-hzi/friends-of-the-hzi/activities/).

This year’s awardee is Prof. Dr. Christian Hertweck from the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll Institute (HKI) in Jena.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the lecture was postponed to Autumn 2020.

List of Prior Awardees:

2020 Christian Hertweck, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans-Knöll Institute (HKI) Jena
2019 Phil Baran, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA
2018 Rolf Müller, HIPS, Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland
2017 Helma Wennemers, ETH Zürich, Schweiz
2016 Thomas Carell, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
2015 Hiroyuki Osada, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan
2014 Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
2013 Christopher T. Walsh, Harvard Medical School, USA
2012 Peter Leadlay, Abteilung für Biochemie, Universität Cambridge, GB
2011 Peter Seeberger, Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung, Potsdam
2010 Herbert Waldmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Physiologie, Dortmund
2009 William H. Fenical, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
2008 Steven V. Ley, Universität Cambridge, GB
2007 François Diederich, ETH Zürich
2006 Gerhard Höfle und Hans Reichenbach, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung, Braunschweig
2005 Wilhelm Boland, Max-Planck-Institut, Jena
2003 Manfred T. Reetz, Mülheim an der Ruhr
2002 Horst Kessler, Universität München
2001 Pierre Potier, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, Frankreich
2000 Rudolf Wiechert, Berlin
1999 Carl Djerassi, Universität Stanford, USA
1998 Ekkehard Winterfeldt, Universität Hannover
1997 Sir Alan R. Battersby, Universität Cambridge, GB
1996 Kyriacos C. Nicolaou, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, USA
1995 Albert Eschenmoser, ETH Zürich
1994 Gerhard Quinkert, Universität Frankfurt