Eduard Rhein Foundation

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The Eduard Rhein Foundation was founded in 1976 in Hamburg (Germany) by Eduard Rhein. The goal of the foundation is to promote scientific research, learning, arts, and culture. This is done in particular by granting awards for outstanding achievements in research an/or development in the areas of radio, television and information technology.

Awards and honors[edit]

The foundation grants the following awards and honor:

  • Technology Award (30,000 euro)
  • Cultural Award (10,000 euro)
  • Ring of Honor (moonstone set in gold) for outstanding work which has been accomplished over a long period of time, the number of living bearers of rings is limited to ten

Ring of Honor Recipients[edit]

Award winners[edit]

1979 to 2006 award winners are listed in the German article.


  • Technology Award: Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerhard Sessler for the design of electret transducers, the invention of the foil electret microphone (together with Jim West) and of the silicon condenser microphone (with D. Hohm).
  • Cultural Award: Prof. Dr. Paul Dobrinski for the publication of scientific and technical works of young scientists.
  • Ring of Honor: Dr. Dr. Valentina Tereshkova for her contributions in the area of manned space flight.


  • Technology Award: Siegfried Dais and Uwe Kiencke for invention, international standardisation and propagation of the "Controller Area Network" (CAN), an open, reliable real-time communication system for embedded devices in automotive, medical and automation applications as well as in consumer goods, which today dominates the world market.
  • Cultural Award: Norbert Lossau for brilliantly written science and technology related articles published in the newspaper "Die Welt". Over a sustained period of time his outstanding contributions are received by the readers as splendidly written, comprehensive in scope yet to read sources of information.
  • Ring of Honor: Herbert F. Mataré for his invention of the solid state amplifier in 1948, performed independently and parallel to Bell Lab's transistor. Further, in recognition of his important contributions to information technology, solid-state physics and -manufacturing over a period of more than 60 years.[1]






  • Technology Award: Ching W. Tang for inventing the first highly efficient organic light emitting diode and further contributions to the development of organic semiconductor devices.[2]


  • Technology Award: Prof. Dr. Dr. Kees Schouhamer Immink for contributions to the theory and practice of channel codes that enable efficient and reliable optical recording, and creative contributions to digital recording technology.[3]




  • Technology Award: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst D. Dickmanns for pioneering contributions to autonomic driving.


  • Technology Award: Dr. Rajiv Laroia for pioneering work on Flash OFDM as a Forerunner of Fourth-Generation Mobile Communications (4G).


  • Technology Award: Dr. Franz Laermer and Andrea Urban for the invention of the deep reactive ion etching process (Bosch Process), a key process for manufacturing semiconductor sensors.



  • Technology Award: Prof. Denis Le Bihan, MD, Ph.D. and Peter J. Basser, Ph.D. for the development of MRI diffusion tensor imaging, which is used for surgery and radiation planning, for research into neurological diseases associated with white matter changes, and for reconstruction of neural pathways in the brain (tractography).


  1. ^ DIE WELT ONLINE „Der deutsche Erfinder des Transistors“ 14.11.2008
  2. ^ "Technologiepreis - Technology Award 2013" (in German). Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved Oct 2, 2013.
  3. ^ DIE WELT ONLINE „Erfinder der Compact Disc erhält Eduard-Rhein-Preis“
  4. ^ Eduard-Rhein-Preis 2015 Archived 2013-09-15 at the Wayback Machine

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