Brookes professor in Einstein’s company as he joins The Leopoldina

Thursday, 29 January 2015

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An Oxford Brookes professor has received a highly regarded academic honour by being invited to become a member of The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Dr Paul Weindling from the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion at Brookes gratefully accepted the offer to join The Leopoldina where predecessors Charles Darwin, Marie Curie and Albert Einstein were also once members.

Outstanding scientists are invited to join The Leopoldina, Germany’s leading academy, which identifies the biggest problems and challenges posed to society and finds scientific solutions and makes recommendations to government policy makers and the general public.

This prestigious Prize allows me to work through the Leopoldina's Science Centre to develop collaborative research on the victims of Nazi medical experiments, reconstructing life histories and the victims' experiences.

Dr Paul Weindling, Research Professor in the History of Medicine

Dr Paul Weindling said of his nomination: “I am delighted toreceive such an academic honour and I am very much looking forward to taking a constructiverole in the Academy and to supporting and furthering its endeavours."

Further to the prestigious accolade, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded Dr Weindling with an Anneliese Maier Research Award, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Dr Weindling continued: “This prestigious Prize allows me to work through the Leopoldina's Science Centre to develop collaborative research on the victims of Nazi medical experiments, reconstructing life histories and the victims'experiences.

Related topics are the history of German eugenics and racial research, and developing an international network to study the Nazi persecution of medical practitioners, and how they contributed to the development of medical research and health care in newly adopted countries.

“I hope also to strengthen links between CARA, the Council for At-Risk Academics of which I am a Trustee and the Leopoldina's Human Rights Committee."

Dr Weindling will receive a total amount of 250,000 EURO in recognition of his outstanding achievements in academic research and will enable further ground-breaking research in collaboration with colleagues in Germany.  

More information about the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion can be found on the Oxford Brookes website.