German Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize is the highest honour that scientists and writers can receive for their work. Germans have been among the most frequent recipients of this distinction: the Nobel Prize has been awarded to German scientists some 80 times. Read more about the lives and accomplishments of the contemporary German Nobel laureates.

Stefan W. Hell: 2014 - Chemistry

Stefan W. Hell: 2014 - Chemistry

Seeing further than ever before: Stefan Hell, Chemistry Nobel laureate in 2014, achieved a revolutionary breakthrough in optical microscopy. More Stefan W. Hell: 2014 - Chemistry

Thomas C. Südhof: 2013 - Physiology, Medicine

Thomas C. Südhof: 2013 - Physiology, Medicine

Thomas Südhof, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine, has decisively improved our understanding of vital cell processes. His work on the vesicle transport system is of fundamental significance. More Thomas C. Südhof: 2013 - Physiology, Medicine

Herta Müller: 2009 - Literature

Herta Müller: 2009 - Literature

Herta Müller confronts oppression and dictatorship with a poetic idiom. The work of the 2009 Literature Nobel Prize winner is also politically significant. More Herta Müller: 2009 - Literature

Harald zur Hausen: 2008 - Physiology, Medicine

Harald zur Hausen: 2008 - Physiology, Medicine

Harald zur Hausen was honoured with the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine. He recognised that viruses could cause cancer. His work made possible vaccination against cervical cancer. More Harald zur Hausen: 2008 - Physiology, Medicine

Peter Grünberg: 2007 - Physics

Peter Grünberg: 2007 - Physics

Peter Grünberg, Physics Nobel Prize winner in 2007, discovered the giant magnetoresistance effect, which opened up new developmental paths in electronics. More Peter Grünberg: 2007 - Physics

Gerhard Ertl: 2007 - Chemistry

Gerhard Ertl: 2007 - Chemistry

Solid surfaces have an immense influence on chemical processes. Gerhard Ertl, Chemistry Nobel Prize winner in 2007, analysed them in a groundbreaking way. More Gerhard Ertl: 2007 - Chemistry

Theodor W. Hänsch: 2005 - Physics

Theodor W. Hänsch: 2005 - Physics

Theodor Hänsch revolutionised time measurement and significantly advanced the development of precision sceptroscopy. For this work he was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics. More Theodor W. Hänsch: 2005 - Physics

Wolfgang Ketterle: 2001 - Physics

Wolfgang Ketterle: 2001 - Physics

Wolfgang Ketterle was honoured with the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on Bose-Einstein condensate, a new state of matter. More Wolfgang Ketterle: 2001 - Physics

Herbert Kroemer: 2000 - Physics

Herbert Kroemer: 2000 - Physics

Herbert Kroemer received the Physics Nobel Prize in 2000 for the far-reaching development of semiconductor heterostructures. More Herbert Kroemer: 2000 - Physics

Horst L. Störmer: 1998 - Physics

Horst L. Störmer: 1998 - Physics

Horst Störmer won the 1998 Physics Nobel Prize for the discovery of a fascinating quantum fluid. More Horst L. Störmer: 1998 - Physics

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard: 1995 - Physiology, Medicine

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard: 1995 - Physiology, Medicine

Searching for the blueprint of life: Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on how genes control embryonic development. More Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard: 1995 - Physiology, Medicine

Erwin Neher: 1991 - Physiology, Medicine

Erwin Neher: 1991 - Physiology, Medicine

Erwin Neher was honoured with the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for groundbreaking discoveries on the function of ion channels in body cells. More Erwin Neher: 1991 - Physiology, Medicine

Bert Sakmann: 1991 - Physiology, Medicine

Bert Sakmann: 1991 - Physiology, Medicine

Bert Sakmann made a decisive contribution to proving the existence of ion channels and recognising their significance for the human body. For this work he received the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. More Bert Sakmann: 1991 - Physiology, Medicine

Johann Deisenhofer: 1988 - Chemistry

Johann Deisenhofer: 1988 - Chemistry

Johann Deisenhofer was honoured with the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his important contribution to research into photosynthesis. More Johann Deisenhofer: 1988 - Chemistry

Robert Huber: 1988 - Chemistry

Robert Huber: 1988 - Chemistry

How light becomes life: Robert Huber helped to decipher the process of photosynthesis – and was honoured with the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his efforts. More Robert Huber: 1988 - Chemistry

Hartmut Michel: 1988 - Chemistry

Hartmut Michel: 1988 - Chemistry

Hartmut Michel received the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his significant contribution towards an understanding of photosynthesis. More Hartmut Michel: 1988 - Chemistry

J. Georg Bednorz: 1987 - Physics

J. Georg Bednorz: 1987 - Physics

An unusual approach made Georg Bednorz a pioneer in the field of superconductivity – and Physics Nobel Prize laureate in 1987. More J. Georg Bednorz: 1987 - Physics

Gerd Binnig: 1986 - Physics

Gerd Binnig: 1986 - Physics

He opened up totally new perspectives: Gerd Binnig was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Physics for his trailblazing development of the scanning tunnelling microscope. More Gerd Binnig: 1986 - Physics

Klaus von Klitzing: 1985 - Physics

Klaus von Klitzing: 1985 - Physics

Klaus von Klitzing received the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics for a discovery that has had a decisive impact on today’s measuring technology. More Klaus von Klitzing: 1985 - Physics

Manfred Eigen: 1967 - Chemistry

Manfred Eigen: 1967 - Chemistry

During a rich and varied research career Manfred Eigen has focused his attention on countless different questions. He received the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work on extremely fast processes at the young age of 40. More Manfred Eigen: 1967 - Chemistry