Stefan W. Hell

Born on December 23, 1962 in Arad, Romania. Study of physics and doctorate University of Heidelberg (1990), postdoc EMBL Heidelberg (1991-1993), Senior Researcher University of Turku, Finland (1993-1996) and Visiting Scientist University of Oxford, UK (1994), German Habilitation in physics (University of Heidelberg, 1996), head of an independent research group (1997-2002) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (since 2002), Head of the "Optical Nanoscopy" division of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg (2003-2017), Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (since 2016), Adj. Professor of Physics, University of Heidelberg (since 2003), Honorary Professor of Experimental Physics University of Göttingen (since 2004), Honorary Professor, Faculty for Physics and Astronomy, University of Heidelberg (since 2017).

Scientific Awards, Honors and Memberships
  • ICO Prize of the International Commission for Optics (2000)
  • Helmholtz Prize for metrology (co-recipient) (2001)
  • Carl Zeiss Research Award of the Ernst Abbe Fonds (2002)
  • Berthold Leibinger Innovation Award (2002 )
  • Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize (2002)
  • Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz Award of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2004)
  • Innovation Award of the German President (Zukunftspreis des Bundespräsidenten) (2006)
  • Cozzarelli Prize of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA (2007)
  • Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics (2007)
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (2008)
  • Lower Saxony State Award (Niedersächsischer Staatspreis) (2008)
  • Otto Hahn Prize in Physics (2009)
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Turku, Finland (2009)
  • Ernst Hellmut Vits Prize (2010)
  • Familie Hansen Prize (2011)
  • Körber European Science Prize in Physical Sciences (2011)
  • Gothenburg Lise Meitner Prize (2010/2011)
  • Meyenburg Prize for Cancer Research (2011)
  • Science Prize of the Fritz Behrens Foundation (2012)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania (2011)
  • Paul Karrer Medal (2013)
  • Carus Medal of the Leopoldina Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften (2013)
  • Hall of Fame of German Research (2014)
  • Kavli Prize in Nanoscience (2014)
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2014)
  • Order of Merit of the country of Baden-Württemberg (2015)
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Medal (2015)
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Start-up), with Abberior Instruments GmbH (2015)
  • Honorary Doctorate, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)  
  • Honorary Doctorate, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Federal Cross of Merit (2016)
  • Premio Capo d’Orlando (2016)
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2016) 
  • Wilhelm Exner Medal (2016)
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2018)
  • Honorary Doctorate, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2018)


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