Find out about the highest awards Leipzig University has bestowed on worthy individuals, whose academic and social work has had a lasting influence on the University: honorary citizens, honorary senators and holders of the Leipzig University Medal.

Rektorin Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking zeichnet Dr. Uwe Löser mit der Leipziger Universitätsmedaille aus
Rector Professor Beate Schücking presents the Leipzig University Medal to Dr Uwe Löser. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Honorary citizens

The status of honorary citizen of Leipzig University can be conferred on individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to serving the interests of our university. It is awarded based on a resolution by the University Senate (Section 34 of the Basic Regulations of Leipzig University).

  • Prof. Dr. Renate Drucker
    Leipzig University
    deceased on 23 October 2009
  • Prof. Tamara Gabaraschwili
    Tbilisi University, Georgia
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gert König
    Leipzig University

Honorary senators

By resolution of the Senate, our university can confer the status of honorary senator on individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to our university (Section 34 of the Basic Regulations of Leipzig University).

  • Prof. Dr. sc. med. Martin Herbst
    formerly Leipzig University, heart surgeon
    deceased on 21 December 2005
  • Prof. Dr. sc. phil. Werner Holzmüller
    formerly Leipzig University, physicist
    deceased on 26 February 2011
  • Peter Krakow
    former Chairman of the Board of Sparkasse Leipzig
    Chairman of the Board of the Association of Sponsors and Friends of Leipzig University
  • Prof. Dr. paed. Konrad Krause
    formerly Leipzig University, chemist
  • Prof. Dr. sc. nat. Otto Liebenberg
    formerly Leipzig University, agricultural scientist
    deceased on 3 September 1993
  • Prof. Dr. sc. phil. Dr. rer. nat. h. c. Artur Lösche
    formerly Leipzig University, physicist
    deceased on 12 February 1995
  • Prof. Dr. sc. phil. Dr. h. c. Walter Markov
    formerly Leipzig University, historian
    deceased on 3 July 1993
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Armin Meisel
    formerly Leipzig University, chemist
  • Prof. Dr. sc. med. Dr. h. c. Fritz Meißner
    formerly Leipzig University, paediatric surgeon
    deceased on 16 January 2004
  • Dr. rer. oec. Karl-Heinz Müller
    Mayor of the City of Leipzig from 1970 until 1986
    deceased on 28 July 1987
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hermann Neels
    formerly Leipzig University, mineralogist and chemist
    deceased on 5 November 2002
  • Prof. Dr. sc. med. Wilhelm Oelßner
    formerly Leipzig University, radiologist
    deceased on 2 January 2018
  • Christoph Oswald
    Board of Directors at Wüstenrot Holding AG Ludwigsburg
  • Prof. Dr. sc. jur. Erhard Pätzold
    formerly Leipzig University, employment solicitor
    deceased on 8 May 1994
  • Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Klaus Saur
    publisher, formerly of K. G. Saur Verlag, Munich
  • Uwe Spaniol
    former general representative of Dresdner Bank AG for Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia
  • Horst Springer
    Sponsor of Saxon University and State History
    deceased on 5 April 2002
  • Prof. Dr. sc. phil. h. c. Max Steinmetz
    formerly Leipzig University, historian
    deceased on 11 September 1990
  • Prof. Dr. sc. nat. Dr. rer. nat. h. c. Günther Sterba
    formerly Leipzig University, biologist
  • Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Herbert Uebermuth
    formerly Leipzig University, physician
    deceased on 1 January 1986
  • OMR Prof. Dr. sc. med. Dr. med. vet. h. c. Dr. med. h. c. Georg Wildführ
    formerly Leipzig University, physician
    deceased on 4 August 1984

Leipzig University Medal

By resolution of the Senate, the Leipzig University Medal can be awarded to worthy individuals for services to the University or for the achievements specified in Section 2 of the Basic Regulations of Leipzig University.

  • Prof. Dr. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins
    Professor at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Dr. Karin Hämmer
    Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Philology
  • Prof. Dr. Rudolph Hiller von Gaertringen
    Curator of the art collections and Kustodie director
  • Prof. Dr. Lothar Beyer
    formerly of the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy
  • Ms Gabriele Förster
    formerly of Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Frau Dipl.-Ing. Brigitte Kempe-Stecher
    Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
    Curator, Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Welter
    formerly of the Faculty of Law
  • Prof. Robert Stewart, PhD
    Ohio University, Athens
  • Dr. Uwe Löser
    former Department Head for Budgetary and Economic Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Krug
    long-standing university lecturer for training and kinesiology
  • Dr. Annette Kühn
    Director of interDaF e. V. at the Herder Institute of Leipzig University
  • Mathias Becker
    President of the Administrative Board of Leipzig Student Services
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Dietze
    former University representative for top-level sport
  • Freia Stöckel
    formerly of the Equal Opportunities Unit
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Ehrenberg
    first Dean of the newly founded Faculty of Economics and Management Science
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Rudersdorf
    Chairman of the Senate Commission for researching the history of the University and science in Leipzig
  • Marcel Wodniock
    Student Council spokesperson
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bohn
    honorary professor at the Institute of Urban Development and Construction Management
  • Dr. Angela Onasch
    former research assistant at the Institute of Egyptology
  • Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Trommer
    former branch manager at Staatsbetrieb Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement (SIB)
  • Roberto Ruiz
    former Consul of the Republic of Chile
  • Dr. Monika Benedix
    Leipzig University Commissioner for Equal Opportunities 2003–2010
  • Daniel Fochtmann
    formerly of Leipzig University Student Council
    Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Frank Kießling
    former Managing Director of Leipzig Student Services
  • Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Burkhard Pahl
    Faculty of Economics and Management Science
  • Dr.-Ing. Volker Messtorff-Lebius
    formerly of the Saxon State Ministry and the Arts
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhardt Wolff
    Verbundnetz Gas AG
    former Chairman of the Association of Sponsors and Friends of Leipzig University
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Kleint
    formerly of the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences
    deceased on 22 August 2007
  • Dr. Rudolf Ahnert
    lecturer for building renovation at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science
  • Dr. Michelle Bachelet
    President of the Republic of Chile
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Moritz
    Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Otto
    lecturer for surveying at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science
  • Theodore N. Tsakiris
    Consul General of Greece in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Ludewig
    former Director of the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology at Leipzig University
  • Dr.-Ing. Gerhart Pasch
    architect and church building officer of the Evangelisch Lutheran Church of Saxony
  • Marlies Friedrich
    qualified nurse, Faculty of Medicine/University Hospital
  • Klaus Gernhardt
    former Chief Restorer of the Museum of Musical Instruments, Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies
  • Reiner Rusch
    former Treasurer of the Association of Sponsors and Friends of Leipzig University and member of the Executive Board at Deutsche Bank AG Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Ernst-Heinz Amberg
    Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Ernst-Heinrich Lochmann
    Hanover
    deceased on 1 March 2013
  • Prof. Dr. Lutz Michalski
    University of Bayreuth, Faculty of Law, Business & Economics
    deceased on 23 May 2013
  • Prof. Dr. Winfried Schrammek
    Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Welzel
    Leipzig University, Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy
    deceased on 22 July 2008

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