Since 2009, Prof. Katharina Fromm is the organizer of the Chaim Weizmann Lectureships at the Chemistry Department. For more information, visit the Chemistry Department site: http://www.chem.unifr.ch/en/department/chaim_weizmann

2017: Felicitas Pauss for her outstanding work with particle physics at the high-energy frontier and astrophysics.

2016: Rolf Zinkernagel for his innovative work in the immune system and the recognition of virus-infected cells.

2015: Alan Heeger for his discovery and the development of conductive polymers. Besides the Nobel Prize in 2000, he won the Oliver E. Buckley Prize in 1983 and the Balzan Prize in 1995.

2014: Werner Arber for his pioneering research on epigenetics.

2013: Dan Shechtman for his outstanding discovery of quasicrystals. This discovery revolutionized the definition of the word “crystal”.

2012: Carl Djerassi for his pioneering work in the development of the oral contraceptive pills, which enormously influenced our society.

2010: Jean-Marie Lehn, for his ground-breaking and still on-going developments in theconcepts of supramolecular chemistry.

2009: Ada E. Yonath,  for her outstanding contributions in the elucidation of the structure and reactivity of the ribosome by initiating ribosomal crystallography. In addition, she has some parallels with the scientific career of Chaim Weizmann.