Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim

Prof. Dr. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins

In 2021, the Karl Ziegler Prize will be awarded to Professor Dr. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, University of Leipzig. The broad field of research of the nationally and internationally highly respected chemist shows great parallels with that of Karl Ziegler. She is considered a pioneer in the field of reactive transition metal-phosphorus bonding in metal-phosphanido complexes and convinces with innovative research approaches.

Evamarie Hey-Hawkins received her doctorate from Philipps University in Marburg in 1983. After postdoctoral stays in Great Britain and Australia, she completed her habilitation in Marburg in 1988. After working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart and as a Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Karlsruhe, she accepted an appointment at the University of Leipzig in 1993. There, Hey-Hawkins is a full professor of inorganic chemistry and also acts or acted as managing director of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and (pro-)dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy.

For her scientific achievements and commitment, the chemist has already received numerous honors such as the award as "Distinguished Woman" (IUPAC), the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony, the University Medal of the University of Leipzig and the Leipzig Science Award. In 2018, Hey-Hawkins was inducted into the European Academy of Sciences. Her international reputation is also reflected in numerous visiting professorships and fellowships, including in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

The chemist is also involved in numerous editorial boards, prize committees, and various organizations, such as the DFG and the Leibniz Association. She has been a member of the GDCh since 1983, serving on its board from 2016-2019. Today, she is chair of the GDCh Phosphorus Chemistry Working Group, which she co-initiated.

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