Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wolfrum from the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg has been awarded the “Bernhard Lewis Gold Medal”, the world’s most prestigious award in the field of combustion, for his groundbreaking work over the last 40 years. Prof. Wolfrum has deciphered fundamental chemical phenomena and developed new techniques to optimise combustion processes using laser technology. The medal is awarded every two years by the Combustion Institute in Pittsburg (USA) for “brilliant research in the field of combustion”. Prof. Wolfrum, who retired in 2007 but holds the post of senior professor at the University of Heidelberg, was awarded the medal during the recent International Symposium on Combustion in Beijing.
Jürgen Wolfrum was born in 1939 and studied physics in Göttingen and Hamburg, and receiving his PhD from the University of Göttingen in 1968. He spent the following two years of his scientific career as a scientific assistant at the University of Bochum before moving onto the former Max Planck Institute for Fluid Dynamics (now MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organisation) in Göttingen where he spent 12 years (1970 - 1982). In 1974, Wolfrum spent a research period at the University of California in Berkeley (USA), became qualified to teach physical chemistry at the University of Göttingen in 1975, and was appointed associate professor at the University of Göttingen in 1980. In 1982, he became professor of physical chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. Prof. Wolfrum has received numerous awards for his achievements and is a founding member, and current director of the interdisciplinary research centre BioQuant.
(Ed. note: His work in the field of combustion research has been used as a model by others and has also led to his many commitments in the field of systems biology.)
Further information:Prof. Dr. Jürgen WolfrumBioQuantTel.: +49 (0)6221 54-51202wolfrum(at)urz.uni-heidelberg.de