Professor Dr. Drs. h.c. Helmut Schwarz will receive the Leonardo da Vinci Award 2021 for his outstanding lifetime achievements. This is the most prestigious award conferred by the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc).
The award ceremony will take place on 21 May 2021 as part of a digital event.
Helmut Schwarz has been professor of organic chemistry at TU Berlin since 1983. In addition to his outstanding scientific work in molecular chemistry, he has also contributed his expertise in the areas of science management and University policy. Schwarz was a founding member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, serving as its vice president from 1998 until 2003. He was vice president of the German Research Foundation from 2001 until 2007 as well as president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation from 2008 until 2018. In 2019, he was elected chair of the University Council of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg as well as chair of the Board of Trustees at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP). In addition to the many offices he has held, Professor Schwarz has also been awarded a number of prizes and awards, including nine honorary doctorates, reflecting his exceptional scientific expertise.
EurASc is an independent organization of outstanding scientists and engineers dedicated to advancing research and development in the area of future technologies and thus the importance of science and technology for social and economic development.