Prof. Ferenc Krausz (43), Quantum Optics, University of Munich and Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching (1.55 million)
Ferenc Krausz is considered to be the founder of "atto-science", a field which has made it possible to observe the ultrasonic motion of electrons in real time. In cooperation with his German and Austrian colleagues, the native Hungarian was the first to develop a device for the measurement of atomic processes with hitherto unattainable precision. These measurements are in the hundred attosecond range, one attosecond being just 0.000000000000000001 (1x10-18) seconds. His research has formed the basis for new areas of research, including high-precision material processing and high-definition microscopy of living organisms. Lasers developed by Krausz are already in clinical use for early diagnosis of eye diseases and cancer.
Ferenc Krausz completed his academic training in Budapest and Vienna, before being appointed director of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching in 2003. In 2004 he was also appointed as chair of experimental physics at the University of Munich.
Prof. Klaus Mezger (47), Geochemistry, University of Mnster (1.55 million)
Klaus Mezger and his research group have developed new methods which make it possible to determine the age of rock, and thus of Earth and other planets, with far greater precision than was previously possible. Using isotope geochemistry and high accuracy measurements, Mezger has been able to demonstrate for the first time that the cores of Earth and Mars were formed within 30 million years after the solar system wa
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