A total of six international researchers will each receive a prize of up to five million Euros. It is awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is awarded to academics of all disciplines from abroad that are internationally recognized as leaders in their field. Awardees should conduct long-term future-orientated research at German universities.
Andreas Ludwig is one leading theoretical solid-state physicists in the world today and is considered especially versatile. His fundamental work is relevant for various areas of solid-state physics not only for theoretical and mathematical questions of significance, but also for experiments. He is one of the very few who is able to develop theory in the direction of experiment and practice. Andreas Ludwig is to take on a leading role at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne in the area of Quantum Matter and Materials (QM2) where solid-state physics, chemistry and mathematics are brought together. With his help, Cologne will become a top international location for physics.
The prize has enabled the University of Cologne to offer a top international scientist competitive conditions and long term prospects for researching in Germany as well as the chance to raise its profile.