Four of the total of nine new Academy members: Peter Rehling, Annette Beck-Sickinger, Claus Ropers and Hildegard Westphal (from left; photo of Westphal: Tristan Vankann; collage: A. Lochte)

16/04/2021 | The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities has elected nine new members. The new full members also include Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal, head of the working group Geoecology and Carbonate Sedimentology at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT).

The admission of new members is always of special significance for the Göttingen Academy, which is not only the largest non-university institution in the field of basic research in the humanities in Lower Saxony, but also a scholarly society rich in tradition, and a distinction for those elected.

The new full members are:

  • Annette G. Beck-Sickinger, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Leipzig
  • Ramin Golestanian, Professor of Physics and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation in Göttingen
  • Harald Andrés Helfgott, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Göttingen
  • Peter Rehling, Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Institute for Cell Biochemistry at the UMG Göttingen
  • Claus Ropers, Professor of Experimental Solid State Physics at the University of Göttingen
    Hildegard Westphal, Professor of Geology of the Tropics at the University of Bremen and head of the working group Geoecology and Carbonate Sedimentology at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

The new Corresponding Members are:

  • Rémi Brague, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
  • Gerhard Fouquet, Senior Professor of Economic and Social History of the Late Middle Ages at Kiel University
  • Yixu Lu, Professor of German Studies in Sydney, Australia.

Full members can be academics who live in Northern Germany. They are entitled to vote and have the right and duty to attend plenary sessions. Corresponding members usually live outside northern Germany, often abroad, and participate rather indirectly in the life of the Academy.

The new members are now part of a competence network that includes around 360 outstanding scientists worldwide from very different disciplines, including seven Nobel Prize winners at present. Since its foundation in 1751, the Göttingen Academy has counted a total of 74 Nobel Prize winners. Researchers such as Albert Einstein, Karl Friedrich Gauss, the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the brothers Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt, Werner Heisenberg, Otto Hahn, Friedrich Hund, Felix Klein and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg were also members of the Göttingen Academy.