Andre Geim, who can lay claim to the title of “father of graphene,” is being honored on Friday with the Körber Foundation’s European Science Award for 2009. The award brings a prize of 750,000 euros.
Geim made his discovery of the material at the University of Manchester (U.K.), where he landed after studying physics in Russia and Netherlands, and he is still an active physics professor and researcher at the school.
The annual Körber European Science Award goes to scientist working in Europe for their outstanding scientific achievements and in particular for their future-looking research projects. An international trustee committee chaired by the president of the Max Planck Society, Peter Gruss, selected Geim, who is the 25th winner of the award.