The Röntgen Medal is an award conferred by the University of Würzburg on eminent scientists and patrons of the University. Awarded for the first time in the summer of 2009 on the occasion of the Stiftungsfest, the Röntgen Medal was initially designed as an award for patrons of the University. From 2012 onwards, it has also been awarded to scientists.
Herbert Wellhöfer (2017)
In 1975, Herbert Wellhöfer began to work for the company Wellhöfer Treppen GmbH & Co. KG Würzburg, which was founded by his father Erich Wellhöfer. Over a long period of time he controlled the fate of the ever-expanding business, which has been considered as a leading German provider of folding attic stairs, space-saving stairs, and so-called “Kniestocktüren”.
As a friend and sponsor, Wellhöfer kept contact with his hometown Würzburg. In 2016, he donated a collection of about 400 ancient coins that he had collected over many years to the Martin von Wagner Museum.
Geographically, the collection covers an area from Bactria (North Afghanistan) to the East Coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Temporally, it covers the beginnings of coining in the 6th century B.C. to late Hellenism.
In addition the significant donation, he supported the collection of antiquities with a generous donation for the museum and scientific research as well as an adequate presentation of the collection.
Furthermore, Wellhöfer funded the new lighting of the museum’s picture gallery und therewith set the foundation for a full renovation, which was completed until the opening of the large-scale exhibition in June 2017.
Prof. Dr. Traute Schröder-Kurth (2017)
After MTA-training at the Lette-Haus in Berlin, Traute Schröder Kurth studied medicine im Hamburg. After completing her state examination, she changed location from Hamburg to Heidelberg, where she did her doctorate and qualified as a professor for Human Genetics in 1971. In Heidelberg, she established one of the first diagnostic cytogenetics laboratories in Germany and appointed as a professor in 1975. She was the first scientist worldwide to perform chromosome analysis on patients suffering from Faconi anaemia.
As founding member of the European “Fanconi-Anämie-Forschungsorganisation” she was essentially involved in the creation of a Fanconi anaemia register and dedicated herself to the successful research of different aspects of the Fanconi anaemia during her lifetime.
Another focus of her research is the critical support of increasing problems concerning medical ethics which arose from the progress in genetics. She does so in different ethics commissions.
In 1995, she changed to the Würzburg Institute of Human Genetics at the Biozentrum as a visiting professor and ran the third-party funded project “Ethische Fragen in der Humangenetik”. In 1997, she initiated the "Schroeder-Kurt-Fonds" to create a solid financial base for the Fanconi anaemia research in Würzburg together with her husband Hans-Joachim Kurth. In 2007, she increased the fund on a large scale in order to make a continued research possible.
Gabriele Nelkenstock (2017)
The social pedagogue and former businesswoman in the fashion industry is chairwoman of the society for “Hilfe im Kampf gegen Krebs e.V.” which she had initiated. The society has been funding, supporting and making projects of the university medical center become reality throughout more than 25 years.
With dedication and creativeness Gabriele Nelkenstock frequently initiates campaigns which arouse public enthusiasm and interest of the sponsors. She supports the efforts in the battle against cancer by means of charity concerts, relay marathons, handball tournaments, charity appeals, Charity Days and a lot of other projects and therewith makes life easier for patients and their loved ones.
She does not only support the battle against acute diseases but also the cancer research, as, for example, the construction of one of the most modern stem cell therapy centers in Germany (located at the UKW) with the “Aktion Stammzelltherapie”.
Moreover, the application of modern therapies in the context of clinical research as well as the promotion of young academics by doctoral scholarships are provided by her society.
The crowdfunding campaign “Dein Immunsytem wird Deine Waffe gegen Krebs” (2016) with a donation amount of more than one million euros is among the particularly ambitious projects.
Baldwin Knauf (2017)
He is tied to the Alma Julia for many years as chairman of the shareholders committee of the Knauf Corporate Group. Being a member of the university council since 2013, he supports the University Directorate with his extraordinary commitment and expertise.
He sponsors various activities at the Alma Mater with generous donations, including a number of projects and events like the “No Limits!” sports festival for people with and without disabilities.
Furthermore, Baldwin Knauf supports outstanding students by a scholarship called “Deutschlandstipendium” (since 2011) and is involved in the promotion of the young as a partner and sponsor of the job fair “study & stay”.
Several forward-looking projects in the infection and cancer research are actively promoted by him. Moreover, he organizes an annual symposium called "Faszination Forschung" for the JMU.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Kuhn (2016)
By accepting the professorial chair of Far Eastern Philology at the University of Würzburg in 1988, Kuhn initialized the systematic modernization of the sinological range of courses. The study programme “Modern China” (from 2002) underlines the leading role Würzburg in the field of sinology. The Institute was adjusted to modern requirements by cooperating successfully with the Faculty of Economic Sciences. The intensive contact and exchange of research and science with Chinese universities is also credited to Kuhn’s dedication. With his relentless commitment Kuhn helped the Würzburg Field of Sinology achieve worldwide recognition, until he was given emeritus status in 2011.
Prof. Dr. Heisenberg (2015)
Aged only 35, Prof. Dr. Heisenberg accepted the Chair of Neurobiology and Genetics at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in 1975. He held this position for almost 35 years until he retired at the end of 2008. Since 2010, Prof. Dr. Heisenberg has held a senior professorship at the Rudolf Virchow Centre for Experimental Biomedicine. He is one of the leading scientists worldwide in the field of neurobiology and genetics and the pioneer of neurogenetics in Germany.
Prof. Dr. Helmut Pfotenhauer (2014)
Holder of the Chair of History of Modern German Literature I at the University of Würzburg from 1987 to 2011. His research focuses, among other fields, on the literature, poetics and aesthetics of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, literary anthropology and intermediality. In his capacity as President of the Jean Paul Society and editor of the Society's yearbook, he founded the University of Würzburg's Centre Jean Paul Edition in 2004.
Prof. Dr. Gernot Wilhelm (2013)
Professor for Oriental Philology (renamed "Ancient Near Eastern Studies" in 2003) at the University of Würzburg since 1988. Gernot Wilhelm has been editor for Hittitology at the Reallexikon für Assyriologie (Encyclopedia of Ancient Near Eastern Studies) since 1988, and was a member of the editorial board of the Zeitschrift für Assyriologie (Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Studies) from 1994 to 2005. In 2001, he became Chairman of the Committee for the Ancient Near East at the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur (Academy of Sciences and Literature), Mainz, and Director of the Academy's project "Hittite Studies" that analyses the excavations at Hattusa.
Prof. Dr. Bert Hölldobler (2012)
An expert on the sociobiology of ants, Hölldobler published groundbreaking works on the social behaviour and ethoecology of ants. In 1969, he went to the US to accept a professorship at Harvard University. Together with Edward O. Wilson, his colleague at Harvard, Hölldobler authored "The Ants" for which they received the Pulitzer Prize in 1991. In 1989, Hölldobler returned to the University of Würzburg where he held the Chair of Zoology II until 2004.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Herbert Brause (2010)
From 1976 onwards, Herbert Brause helped impart to students technological expertise and promoted the installation of a media library for research and teaching purposes in teacher training. In 1986, he established a foundation that helped finance, among other projects, the construction of the Language and Media Education Centres (ZfS and ZfM) on Hubland Campus as well as the purchase of state-of-the-art video equipment for the University Clinic.
Dr. Kurt Eckernkamp (2010)
In 2000, Kurt Eckernkamp and his wife, Nina Eckernkamp-Vogel, established the Vogel Foundation that focuses on fostering education, science, medicine and culture. Among other projects, this Foundation helps fund a five-year research project on dementia at the University of Würzburg.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Salch (2010)
From 1995 to 2001, Dieter Salch held a lectureship at the University of Würzburg. In the context of the Universitätsbund, he established his own foundation, the Dieter Salch Stiftung Pro Universitate, in 1991 with the goal of promoting research and teaching, especially at the Faculty of Law. Dieter Salch was a co-founder of Juristen Alumni e. V. (established in 1991), an organisation of alumni of the Faculty of Law that served as a model for setting up an organisation of alumni of all faculties of the University.
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Würth (2009)
A patron and sponsor of the University's Adolf-Würth-Centre, Reinhold Würth was the first Röntgen Medal awardee. This medal is awarded to patrons of science. Reinhold Würth is an entrepreneur from the German state of Baden-Württemberg and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the foundation of Würth Group.