Otto Hahn Medal

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Otto Hahn Medal
A medallion with an embossed image of Otto Hahn
Awarded forOutstanding scientific achievement by junior scientists.
Presented byMax Planck Society
First awarded1978

The Otto Hahn Medal (German: Otto-Hahn-Medaille) is awarded by the Max Planck Society to young scientists and researchers in both the natural and social sciences. The award takes its name from the German chemist and Nobel Prize laureate Otto Hahn, who served as the first president of the Max Planck Society from 1948 to 1960.[1]

The medal is awarded annually to a maximum of thirty junior scientists in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement. Up to ten awardees are selected in each of three thematized sections: 1) Biological-Medical, 2) Chemical-Physical-Engineering, and 3) Social Science-Humanities. It is accompanied by a monetary award of €7,500. Medalists are awarded during a ceremony at the General Meeting of the Max Planck Society, taking place annually in alternating locales in Germany.

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  1. ^ "Otto Hahn Medal". Max -Planck-Gesellschaft. Retrieved 20 September 2016.