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Date Speaker
NP: Nobel Prize
Affiliation Talk titles

2016

30.5.-1.6.

James E. Rothman
NP Physiology or Medicine 2013
Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
  • On the Role of Scientific Research in Society, and Lessons Learned from a Life in Science
  • On the Sorting of Proteins to Compartmentalize the Cell – the Story of Three Nobel Prizes from a Modern Perspective
  • On the Structural Biochemical Mechanism of Synaptic Neurotransmission in the Brain

2015

26.-29.10.

Ingrid Daubechies Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  • Mathematicians helping Art Historians and Art Conservators
  • Lovely Bones: a Meeting of Mathematical and Biological Minds
  • Surfing with Wavelets

2014

5.5.

Gian Francesco Giudice
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland What the Higgs Boson Teaches Us about Nature
6.5.
Peter Jenni University of Freiburg, Germany, and CERN, Geneva, Switzerland The Long Experimental Journey of the Higgs Discovery at the LHC
8.5. Lyn Evans CERN, Geneva, Switzerland The Large Hadron Collider, a Marvel of Technology

2013

14.-17.10.

C. David Allis The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA
  • Beyond the double helix: why your DNA isn’t enough
  • Picking pockets: learning how to decipher and exploit the "histone code"
  • Varying the terrain of epigenetic landscapes: implications for human cancer

2012

7.-10.5.

Avi Wigderson Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • The "P vs. NP" Problem: Efficient Computation, Internet Security, and the Limits to Human
  • Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust
  • Randomness - the Utility of Unpredictability

2011

16.-19.5.

Kip S. Thorne Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA
  • The Warped Side of our Universe: From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
  • Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: Status, Plans and Prospects
  • 1. Vortexes and Tendexes Around Black holes; 2. Quantum Behavior of 40kg Mirrors in Gravitational Wave Detectors

2010

8.-11.11.

Roger Tsien
NP Chemistry 2008
University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Cell Signaling Revealed in Technicolor
  • Genetically Encoded Labels for Imaging at Millimeter and Nanometer Scales
  • Synthetic Molecules for Clinical Imaging of Cancer and Atherosclerosis

2009

25.-28.5.

Mikhail Gromov
Abel Prize 2009
Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Bures-sur-Yvette, France, and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, NY, USA Geometry, Topology and Spectra of Non-Linear Spaces of Maps

2008

17.-20.3.

Terrence J. Sejnowski Salk Institute and University of California at San Diego, CA, USA
  • Computing with Neurons
  • How We See
  • Google Brain

2007

21.-24.5.

Roderick MacKinnon
NP Chemistry 2003

Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA
  • Electricity in Biology
  • Life's Transistors: Voltage-Dependent Ion Channels
  • The Principles of Ion Selectivity in Potassium Channels

2006

12.-15.6.

Richard Hamilton Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
  • Geometrization
  • Flow by Ricci Curvature
  • Geometric Flows

2005

7.-11.6.

  • Boris Altshuler, Princeton University, NJ, USA
  • Neil Ashby, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA
  • Jennifer Tour Chayes, Microsoft, Seattle, WA, USA 
  • Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (NP Phyiscs 1997), Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
  • Alain Connes, Collège de France IHES, Paris, France
  • Robbert H. Dijkgraaf, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 
  • Reinhard Genzel, Max Planck Institut, Munich, Germany 
  • David J. Gross (NP Physics 2004), University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • Wolfgang Ketterle (NP Physics 2001), MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA 
  • Elliott H. Lieb, Princeton University, NJ, USA
  • Juan Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • N. David Mermin, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • Martin Rees, King's College, Cambridge, UK 
  • Jürgen Renn, Max Planck Institut, Berlin, Germany 
  • Igor Y. Rodnianski, Princeton University, NJ, USA 
  • Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University, NJ, USA 
  • Kurt Wüthrich (NP Chemistry 2002), ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA
A Celebration of The World Year of Physics and of 150 Years of ETH Zurich

2004

24.-27.5.

Sydney Brenner
NP Physiology or Medicine 2002
The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA
  • How to Read Genomes
  • CELLMAP: the Architecture of Biological Complexity
  • Theoretical Biology in the Next Decade

2003

10.-22.5.

Enrico Bombieri
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • Arithmetic and Analysis: From Primes to the Zeta Function
  • Arithmetic and Geometry: Diophantine Equations
  • The Rosetta Stone of L-functions

2002

10.-13.6.

Nathan Seiberg School of Natural Sciences, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • The pursuit of unification: Fulfilling Einstein’s dream
  • String theory: a status report
  • Strings in a time dependent orbifold

2001

15.-18.1.

Günter Blobel The Rockfeller University, New York, NY, USA
  • Cells, the basic units of life
  • How cell compartments are maintained
  • Traffic between the nucleus and the cytoplasm

2000

22.-26.5.

Peter H. Sarnak Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • Equidistribution in numer theory and quantum chaos I
  • Equidistribution in numer theory and quantum chaos II
22.-26.5.
Clifford Taubes Harward University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • The mysteries of 4 dimensions
  • More speculation about 4-dimensions

1999

18.-21.1.

Sir Martin Rees
Astronomer Royal
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • From a “simple” big bang to our complex cosmos
  • The mystery of gamma ray bursts
  • Massive black holes as probes of relativistic gravity

1998

19.1.

Walter J.Gehring
Universität Basel, Switzerland
Augen, Gene und Evolution
20.1.
Charles Weissmann Universität Zürich, Switzerland Rinderwahnsinn, Prionen und Transgene Tiere
22.1.
Rolf M. Zinkernagel
NP Physiology or Medicine 1996
Universität Zürich, Switzerland Immunabwehr gegen Viren: Gen-, Zahlen- und Versteckspiele

1997

27.-30.1.

Sir Roger Penrose Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
  • Science, mathematics and the mind
  • Gravity and the rules of quantum mechanics
  • Elements of twistor theory

1996

22.-25.1.

David Ruelle Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiqsues, Bures-sur-Yvette, France
  • Applications of chaos
  • Reducing nonlinear dynamics to linear problems. 1. Transfer operators and decay of correlations
  • Reducing nonlinear dynamics to linear problems. 2. Dynamical zeta functions

1995

23.-26.1.

Philip A. Sharp
NP Physiology or Medicine 1993
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Split genes in biology
  • Splicing of precursors in mRNA
  • Regulation of transcription by RNA polymerase II

1994

24.-27.1.

Friedrich Hirzebruch Max-Planck Institut für Mathematik, Bonn, Germany
  • Die Euler’sche Polyederformel - von Descartes bis zu den Fullerenen
  • Geradenkonfigurationen und algebraische Flächen
  • Signatursatz, Riemann-Roch und Anwendungen

1993

25.-28.1.

Elliott Lieb Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • The Pauli principle and the stability of matter, from atoms to stars
  • Atoms in large magnetic fields: some surprises and some open problems
  • The flux-phase problem

1992

13.-16.1.

Thomas R. Cech University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  • RNA enzymes and the origin of life
  • Mechanism and structure of a catalytic RNA molecule
  • Life at the end of the chromosome: telomeric DNA-protein interactions in Oxytrichia

1991

11.-14.2.

Alain Connes Collège de France et Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, Paris, France
  • Sur la nature de la réalité mathématique
  • Non-commutative geometry and structure of space-time
  • Cyclic cohomology and discrete groups

1990

29.1.-2.2.

Rohrer Heinrich
NP Physics 1986
IBM Rüschlikon, Switzerland Wissenschaft und Technilogie im Nanometerbereich
29.1.-2.2. Binnig Gerd
NP Physics 1986
IBM Rüschlikon, Switzerland Fraktale Kreativität - ein neues Ordnungsprinzip?
29.1.-2.2. Müller K. Alex
NP Physics 1987
IBM Rüschlikon, Switzerland Strontiumtitanat: eine Modellsubtanz der Festkörperphysik
29.1.-2.2. Bednorz Georg
NP Physics 1987
IBM Rüschlikon, Switzerland Die struktuellen Aspekte der Hochtemperatur-Supraleiter

1989

6.-9.2.

Arthur Kornberg
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
  • Understanding life as chemistry
  • Enzymatic synthesis of DNA
  • Initiation of chromosome replication

1988

18.-21.1.

Peter D. Lax Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York, NY, USA
  • The computer revolution in science and mathematics
  • Oscillatory solutions of differential equation

1987

29.6.-2.7.

Hans A. Bethe
NP Physics 1967
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Das Leben der Sterne
  • Neutrinos from the sun
  • Theory of supernovae

1986

13.-16.1.

Aaron Klug
NP Chemistry 1982
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biologe, Cambridge, UK
  • Macromolecular assemblies: structure and specificity
  • Hierarchies in chromosome structure
  • Determination of macromolecular structure by image reconstruction

1985

18.-21.2.

Jacques Tits Collège de France, Paris, France
  • Mathematische Objekte: Erfindung oder Entdeckung?
  • Ein ungewöhnliches mathematisches Unternehmen: die Bestimmung aller endlichen einfachen Gruppen
  • Die “Monster”- Gruppe

1984

9.-12.1.

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
NP Physics 1983
Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
  • The general theory of relativity: why “it probably represents the most beautiful of all existing theories”
  • The why and the wherefore of black holes
  • Some aspects of the mathematical theory of black holes

1983

10.-13.1.

Werner Arber
NP Physiology or Medicine 1978
Universität Basel, Switzerland
  • Genetik heute, ein Einblick für Nicht-Biologen
  • Bakterielle Restriktionsenzymen und deren Bedeutung für die genetische Forschung
  • Mobile genetische Elemente als wichtige Promotoren von Spontanmutationen und Evolution

1982

1.-4.2.

Armand Borel Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • Mathematik: Kunst und Wissenschaft
  • Liesche Gruppen und deren Zusammenhänge mit Geometrie und Physik
  • Liesche Gruppen, automorphe Funktionen und Arithmetik

1980

8.-12.12.

Maurice Goldhaber Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA
  • Neutrinos: 50 Jahre nach Pauli’s Vorschlag
  • Conservation law in prarticle physics
  • The decay of the proton

1980

28.-31.1.

Jean-Pierre Changeux Institut Pasteur, Paris, France Molecular biology of the synapse and of its development

1979

29.1.-1.2.

Michael F. Atiyah University of Oxford, Oxford, UK Geometry and physics

1978

16.-19.1.

Edward M. Purcell
NP Physics 1952
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Radioastronomy and interstellar communication
  • Physics of the interstellar medium
  • Physics of the bacterial environment

1977

11.-14.1.

Max Perutz
NP Chemistry 1962
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK Räumliche Struktur und Atmungsfunktion des Hämoglobnis

1975

20.-23.1.

Jürg Moser Courant Institute of Mathematial Sciences, New York University, New York, NY, USA Neue Anwendungen klassischer Stabilit¨atsprobleme

1974

18.-21.2.

Freeman J. Dyson Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • Our stability is bur balance
  • Collapsed objects
  • Can we obtain clear pictures of the sky through a turbulent atmosphere?

1973

22.-25.1.

Frederick Sanger
NP Chemistry 1958 and 1980
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • The rôle of protein and nucleic acid sequences in living matter
  • The determination of sequences
  • Sequences in informational nucleic acids

1972

10.-12.1.

Chen N. Yang State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA
  • Symmetry principles in physics
  • The spatial structure of the proton
  • The hypothesis of limited fragmentation

1971

18.-21.1.

André Lichnérowicz Collège de France, Paris, France
  • Le rôle des mathémtiques et leur enseignement
  • Magnétohydrodynamique et relativité
  • Quantification d’un champ sur une espace/temps courbe

1970

5.-8.1.

Sir Rudolf Peierls University of Oxford, Oxford, UK Intuition und Formalismus in der Physik

1969

13.-16.1.

Victor Weisskopf Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA Form und Struktur in der Natur

1968

12.-18.1.

F.C. Steward Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA Investigations on growth

1965

9.-13.12.

Hans B.G. Casimir Universität Eindhoven, Netherlands Theoretische Physik und technischer Fortschritt

1964

7.-11.12.

Ernst Hadorn Universität Zürich, Switzerland Vom Gen zum Erbmerkmal

1964

29.1. - 5.2.

Felix Bloch
NP Physics 1952
Stanford University, Stanford, USA Kernmagnetismus

1962

10.-12.12.

Max Delbrück
NP Physiology or Medicine 1969
Universität Köln, Germany Molekular-Genetik
 
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