Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize

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The Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize is given every year since 1952 for investigations in medicine. The prize carries a prize money of 100.000 Euro. The prize awarding ceremony is traditionally on March 14, the birthday of Paul Ehrlich, in the St. Pauls-Church, Frankfurt.

Awarded are researchers from worldwide in medicine-sections, in which Paul Ehrlich worked. Especially this are Immunology, Cancer Research, Haematology, Microbiology and experimental und clinical Chemotherapy.

The prize is given from the Paul-Ehrlich-Stiftung (de) and belongs to the highest endowed and international most distinguished awards in medicine in Germany.

Many of the prizewinners were later Nobel Prize winners.


Prizewinners 1952 - 2003[edit]


For investigations of T-cell-receptors.


  • Ian Wilmut, Roslin-Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, -- „Father“ of Dolly

For his experiments of cloning mammalians.


For the investigations of RNA interference.


For their achievements respecting structure and function of Ribosomes.


For his achievements in the discovery of Th1- and Th2-cells.


For their achievements in the discovery of telomeres and telomerase.


For his outstanding achievements in the field of Cytokines.


For his contribution to research in the field of bacterial diseases, including tetanus, botulism, anthrax and Helicobacter pylori associated diseases.


For his outstanding contributions to research in the field of Cell Biology, especially for the discovery of signal recognizing particles.


For her outstanding research achievements in the field of human genetics. She was the first to demonstrate that there is a genetic predisposition for breast cancer.


For his outstanding achievements in the field of antibody research. He has demonstrated how the immune system's B cells are activated and induced to produce antibodies. He has thereby helped to decode the molecular bases of Paul Ehrlich's famous side-chain theory.


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