Nobel Prizes 2021

This October the winners of the annual Nobel Prizes have been announced, and we are proud to say that not one but two of our MPG scientists have had the honor of receiving this coveted award.

Together with two other laureates Klaus Hasselmann shares this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for:

“[…] groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems”

Hasselmann and Manabe laid the foundation of our knowledge of the Earth’s climate and how humanity influences it and are acknowledged for:

“[…] the physical modelling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming”

Benjamin List
together with his co-laureat David MacMillen won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for:

“[…] the development of asymmetric organocatalysis”

They are credited with the invention of “an ingenious tool for building molecules” called organocatalysis, which has had a great impact on pharmaceutical research, and “has made chemistry greener”

Ill. Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach.
1. Klaus Hasselmann
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
2. Benjamin List
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

You can find more information on this year’s Nobel Prices and the winners here.