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Honours and Prizes

The DGMK awards honours and prizes for outstanding scientific achievements and for merits of lasting significance in its fields of work.

Carl-Engler-Medal

Carl Engler is regarded as one of the founders of the science of mineral oil. In his memory, the German Society for Mineral Oil Research has endowed the Carl Engler Medal. It is regarded as the highest recognition for those who have rendered outstanding services to the further development of mineral oil science.

Carl Engler (1842-1925), German chemist and pioneer in the field of oil exploration.

1 The DGMK awards the Carl-Engler-Medal for merits of lasting importance in the fields of activity of the society.

2. the medal is awarded at unspecified intervals and in principle only once a year. It shall be awarded only exceptionally twice in one year if two persons share the same merit in the same way.

3. a certificate will be issued for the award of the medal.

4 The medal and the award certificate will be presented to the recipient by the board of directors during a public event of the DGMK.

5. persons entitled to propose for the award of the medal are holders of the Carl-Engler-Medal and members of a committee of the Scientific Advisory Board of the DGMK appointed for this purpose by the Executive Board.

6 The medal is awarded by joint decision of the Executive Board and the Scientific Advisory Board (see § 18 (3) of the Statutes).

1935
Privy councillor Prof. Dr. phil. Franz Fischer

Fuel synthesis from components of the water gas

1936
Dr. phil. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Matthias Pier

High pressure catalytic hydrogenation of coal

1953
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. tech. h.c. Ernst Terres

Research work as mineral oil and fuel chemist

1954
Dr. phil. Dr. sc. h.c. Gustav Egloff

Oil research and refinery technology

1954
Dr. phil. Eduard Moehrle

Purification of numerous coal tar components

1955
Prof. Dr. Carlo Padovani

Research into solid fuels and utilisation of natural gas

1955
Dr. Hermann Carl Götz

Petroleum Processing Technology

1957
1958
Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Karl Ziegler

Research in the field of mineral oil and coal chemistry

1960
Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Karl Krejci Count

Petro-geological basic research

1961
Sir Stephen Gibson

Development of oil deposits in the Middle East, World Oil Congresses

1962
Bergass. a.D. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Günther Schlicht

Mineral oil science and economics, drilling and extraction technology

1963
Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Carl Zerbe

Petroleum science and standardisation

1964
Dr.-Ing. Otto Hubmann

Mineral oil and strong gas from coal

1965
Dr. h.c. René Navarre

Research and teaching in the entire field of mineral oil

1967
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Horst Luther

exploration, processing and application of oil, natural gas and coal

1968
Dr. phil. Walter Krönig

Coal chemistry and petrochemistry

1969
Prof. Dr. phil. D. sc.h.c. Helmut Pichler

Chemistry and technology of gas, oil and coal

1973
1974
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. nat. h.c. Wilhelm Reerink

Coking technology and coal chemistry

1975
Dr. phil. Hans Walter Krekeler

Aliphatic intermediates based on petrochemical raw materials

1976
Prof. Frederick D. Rossini Ph.D.

Physical chemistry of hydrocarbons and mineral oils, World Petroleum Congresses

1980
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Walter Rühl

reservoir geology and reservoir technology, secondary oil production technology, underground storage

1982
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Schön

Physical safety engineering

1986
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dietrich H. Welte

Genesis, migration and accumulation of hydrocarbons

1988
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dieter Betz

Scientists and practitioners as well as sponsors of joint geoscientific projects and university lecturers

1989
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Werner Peters and Prof. Dr. Harald Jüntgen

Chemical-physical fundamentals of hard coal refining and use of research results

1990
Prof. Dr. techn. Franz Pischinger

Mixture formation and combustion of fuels, combustion engines

1992
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Kurt Hedden

Science and technology of natural gas, oil and coal

1994
Prof. Yves Chauvin

Catalysis and its industrial implementation in refinery and petrochemical processes

1996
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gerhard Ertl

Heterogeneous catalysis by surface analysis on physically well-defined, single crystalline surfaces and on real, technical catalysts

1998
Prof. Dr. Ing. Dr. h.c. Claus Marx

Oil and gas technology, especially drilling technology research and development

1999
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wilhelm Keim

Homogeneous and phase transfer catalysis

2002
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Weitkamp

Petroleum processing and petrochemicals

2003
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Emig

Chemical reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis and petrochemistry

2009
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Lücke

Selective oxidation of alkyl aromatics, strengthening of catalysis research in Germany

2011
Prof. Dr. Kurt M. Reinicke

Oil and gas technology

Carl-Zerbe-Award

Carl Zerbe recognized early on the necessity and value of the exchange of information and experience, and the cooperation between specialist colleagues. He was therefore one of the committed co-founders of the DGMK (1947), the Technical Committee for Petroleum and Fuel Standardisation (1949), the Coordination Committee for Research Work of the DGMK (1958), and had a decisive influence on the work of all three organisations. The result of the joint work resulted in his handbook "Mineral Oils and Related Products", which was published in 1952 and quickly became a standard work.

In 1964 he was awarded the Carl-Engler-Medal, and in 1966 he was appointed honorary member of our society.

While he was still alive, the DGMK donated the Carl-Zerbe-Prize in 1973 to promote young scientists. Since 1989 the prize has been awarded as the DGMK's prize for the promotion of young scientists with the addition of the "Carl-Zerbe-Prize". Since then, the DGMK Prize for the Promotion of Young Scientists has continued the former Carl-Zerbe-Prize of the DGMK and the former DVGI Prize.

Carl Zerbe (1894-1985), German chemist, researcher in the field of petroleum research, and co-founder of the DGMK in 1947.

1 The DGMK awards the DGMK Prize for Young Scientists for outstanding scientific work by younger scientists (§ 18 para. 4 of the statutes).

When awarding the prize to work in the fields of exploration, deep drilling technology, and the extraction and storage of oil and gas, the prize is supplemented by the addition of the "Georg Hunaeus Prize".
In the case of recognition of work in the fields of processing and application of mineral oil, natural gas and their derivatives, petrochemistry and conversion of carbon carriers (gasification, liquefaction, pyrolysis, synthesis, hydrogenation and similar processes) of the products resulting from these activities, the sponsorship award is given the additional title of "Carl-Zerbe-Prize".
As a rule, prize winners should not be older than 35 years at the time of the award ceremony. The award winners are obliged to report on their work during a DGMK event (Georg-Hunaeus lecture or Carl-Zerbe lecture). The lectures will be published in the organ of the DGMK.

2. The DGMK Advancement Award for Young Scientists is awarded at unspecified intervals, at most twice a year.

3. The prize consists of a certificate and an amount of money, which is determined by the board of directors.

4. The prize is presented by a member of the board during a conference or general meeting of the DGMK or its departments.

5 The DGMK Sponsorship Award for Young Scientists is publicly advertised in the DGMK organ.

Justified proposals for the awarding of the prize can be submitted to the DGMK by anyone.
Self-applications are possible.

6. The decision on the awarding of the prize is made by the DGMK board on the proposal of the management of the department responsible for the subject. Appropriate experts can be called in.

The DGMK Prize for Young Scientists is a continuation of the former Carl-Zerbe-Prize of the DGMK and the former DVGI Prize for Young Scientists.

1973
Dr.-Ing. Ingo Berthold

1974
Dr. Dieter Severin

1975
Dr. mont. Günter Pusch

1976
Dr.-Ing. Jens Weitkamp

1978
Dr. Heinrich Seewald

1980
Dr. Jürgen W. Stadelhofer

1982
Dr. Eckhard Faber

1983
Dr. Jürgen Rullkötter

1985
Dr.-Ing. Joachim Wilhelm

1986
Dr Joachim Korff, Dr Michael Röper

1987
Heinz Jürgen Brink

1988
Dr. Reinhard Gerhards

1989
Dr. Winfried Boenigk

1990
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Ernst

1991
Dr. Sigrid Schacht

1992
Dr.-Ing. Roland Behrens

1993
Dr. Horst Zanthoff

1996
Dr. Friederike C. Lange

1998
Dr. Walter Leitner, Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher

1999
Dr.-Ing. Elias Klemm

2000
Dr. Peter Wasserscheid

2003
Dr. Yvonne Traa

2011
Dr. Oliver van Rheinberg

2017
Dr. Andreas J. Vorholt

2019
Dr.-Ing. Alba Diéguez Alonso

Georg-Hunaeus-Prize

(before 1989 DVGI promotion prize)

In 1858, Georg Hunaeus had the first deep drill sunk on German territory in Wietze, in what is now Lower Saxony, and struck oil. Although it would take several years before the "oil fever" spread in Wietze, the Hunaeus-well marked the beginning of industrial oil production; not only for Wietze, but for the entire Braunschweig-Gifhorn-Celle region.

Because of the great importance of this pioneering work, the DGMK has named its sponsorship award for young upstream researchers after Georg Hunaeus.

Since 1989, the prize has been awarded as the DGMK Sponsorship Prize for Young Scientists with the addition of the "Georg Hunaeus Prize". Since then, the DGMK Prize for Young Scientists has continued the former Carl-Zerbe Prize of the DGMK and the former DVGI Prize.

Georg Hunaeus (1802-1882), German mine surveyor, geodesist and university lecturer.

1 The DGMK awards the DGMK Prize for Young Scientists for outstanding scientific work by younger scientists (§ 18 para. 4 of the statutes).

When awarding the prize to work in the fields of exploration, deep drilling technology, and the extraction and storage of oil and gas, the prize is supplemented by the addition of the "Georg Hunaeus Prize".

In the case of recognition of work in the fields of processing and application of mineral oil, natural gas and their derivatives, petrochemistry and conversion of carbon carriers (gasification, liquefaction, pyrolysis, synthesis, hydrogenation and similar processes) of the products resulting from these activities, the sponsorship award is given the additional title of "Carl-Zerbe-Prize".
As a rule, prize winners should not be older than 35 years at the time of the award ceremony. The award winners are obliged to report on their work during a DGMK event (Georg-Hunaeus lecture or Carl-Zerbe lecture). The lectures will be published in the organ of the DGMK.

2. The DGMK Advancement Award for Young Scientists is awarded at unspecified intervals, at most twice a year.

3. The prize consists of a certificate and an amount of money, which is determined by the board of directors.

4. The prize is presented by a member of the board during a conference or general meeting of the DGMK or its departments.

5 The DGMK Sponsorship Award for Young Scientists is publicly advertised in the DGMK organ.

Justified proposals for the awarding of the prize can be submitted to the DGMK by anyone.
Self-applications are possible.

6. The decision on the awarding of the prize is made by the DGMK board on the proposal of the management of the department responsible for the subject. Appropriate experts can be called in.

The DGMK Prize for Young Scientists is a continuation of the former Carl-Zerbe-Prize of the DGMK and the former DVGI Prize for Young Scientists.

1973
Dr. Reiner Jürgens

1974
Dr.-Ing. Udo Meier

1979
Dr.-Ing. M. Burkowsky

1980
Dr. K. Reinicke

1981
Dr. U. Altner, Dr. N. Pavlik

1982
Dr. Günter Knoechel

1983
Dr. Lutz Riepe

1984
Dr. Marie-Luise Stoll-Steffan

1986
Dr Peter Gralla, Dr Susanne Renner

1987
Dr Beate Gade, Dr Thomas Schwarzkopf

1989
Dr. Winfried Boenigk, Dr.-Ing. Thomas Müller

1990
Dr. Jürgen Rückheim

1991
Dr. Frank David

1992
Dr. Dieter Schröder

1993
Dr. Matthias Stefan Tantow

1994
Dr.-Ing. Ralf Luy

1999
Dr. Bernhard Cramer

2001
Dr.-Ing. Stefan von Bose

2002
Dr.-Ing. Anja Junker

2008
Dr.-Ing. George Mtchedlishvili

2009
Dr. Johannes Schoenherr

2010
Dr. Marc Holland

2013
Dr. Nils Recalde Lummer

2014
Dr. Karsten Fischer

2015
Dr. Jonas Wegner

2017
Dr. Johannes Böcker

2018
Dr. Birger Hagemann

2019
Dr. Ivy Becker

2021
Dr. Alexander Petrovic

DGMK-College

Between 1988 and 2009 the DGMK- College was awarded to outstanding scientists from the subject areas of the DGMK. The awarded scientists were invited to give one lecture at three German universities each. Pursuant to a decision of the board of directors on January 14, 2016, the DGMK-Kolleg was discontinued.

Awarding of the certificate for the DGMK-College to Michael Stöcker in Dresden, 2009.

1988
Prof. Dr. Paul B. Weisz, University of Pennsylvania

1989
Prof. Dr. Henry J. Ramey Jr., Stanford University

1990
Prof. Dr S. Jasienko, Politechniki Wroclawskiej

1991
Prof. Dr. W.M.H. Sachtler, Northwestern University, Evanston

1992
Prof. Dr. K. Bjorlykke, Universitetet i Oslo

1999
Prof. Cyril T. O'Connor, Cape Town

2001
Professor Graham J. Hutchings, University of Wales

2005
Prof. Erling H. Stenby, Tie-Line Technology, Holte, Denmark

2009
Prof. Dr. Michael Stöcker, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Norway

Honorary Members

Members who have rendered outstanding services to the Society receive honorary membership in the DGMK.
(* Honorary members of the former DVGI/VTT)

1952
Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Matthias Pier

1955
Bergass. a. D. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Günther Schlicht

1957
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Terres

1964
Dipl.-Ing. Erwin Bockelmann

1966
Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Carl Zerbe

1969
Dr.-Ing. Heinz Nedelmann

1969
Bergass. F. Brüggemann *

1969
Karl Scheibe *

1969
Dipl.-Ing. E. Leonhardt *

1971
Dr.-Ing. Kurt Wissel

1975
Dr.-Ing. Oscar Zaepke

1980
Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Chem. Friedrich Karl Scheibitz

1981
Dr. rer. nat. Wilhelm von Ilsemann

1986
Willy Thiele *

1986
apl. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. habil. Dieter Klamann

1990
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heino Lübben