Professor Holger Braunschweig FRSC is Chair and Head of Inorganic Chemistry, and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron (ICB), at the Julius- Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany.
Professor Braunschweig received his academic training in chemistry at RWTH Aachen, where he obtained his PhD in 1990. After postdoctoral research with Professor Lappert, FRS, at the University of Sussex, he returned to Aachen for his habilitation with Professor P Paetzold. In 2000 he was appointed Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and was soon promoted to Reader before taking up the prestigious Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Würzburg as the successor of Professor Helmut Werner.
His discoveries have led to nearly 600 publications, including over 200 publications in journals with impact factors higher than ten. His work has been highlighted by The Times, Scientific American, New Scientist, Nature, Science, Chemistry World, Chemical & Engineering News, Der Spiegel and many others. His achievements have been recognised by his peers in a variety of ways, including the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Main Group Award, the 2016 German Chemical Society Alfred Stock Memorial Award, and the 2009 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the DFG. As well as receiving prestigious grants (two ERC Advanced Grants, and the Reinhard Koselleck Grant of the DFG) he is a member of four scientific academies (German, Bavarian, North Rhine-Westfalian, and Indian academies).