Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur

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The Academy of Sciences and Literature (German: Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz, AdW Mainz) is a scientific academy in Mainz, Germany. It was established in 1949 on an initiative of Alfred Döblin.[1] The academy's goal is to support science and literature, and in doing so to help preserve and promote culture.


The academy has members in three classes: mathematics and natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, literature and music.[2] Each class has up to 50 full and 50 corresponding members.

Notable members have included Niels Bohr, Otto Hahn, Konrad Lorenz, Halldór Laxness, Heinrich Böll, and Jean-Marie Lehn.[1]


The "Klasse der Literatur" also grants awards like the Alfred Döblin Medal, the Joseph-Breitbach-Preis and the Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Structure and History : Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur". Mainz. 9 July 1949. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  2. ^ "adw-mainz". Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. Berlin. 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ "The Academy". Mainzer Wissenschaftsallianz. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2021.

External links[edit]

Official website