University of Tartu receives replica of Ostwald’s Nobel medal

From Wednesday, the University of Tartu Art Museum displays a replica of the Nobel Prize medal of Wilhelm Ostwald, alumnus of the University of Tartu. The medal is presented by Toomas Asser, Rector of the University of Tartu, and Christoph Markschies, President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

The University of Tartu alumnus Wilhelm Ostwald received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909 for his groundbreaking contributions to the fields of catalysis, chemical equilibria and reaction kinetics.

Ostwald studied and worked at the University of Tartu from 1872 to 1881. After taking his final examinations, he worked as an assistant at the Institute of Physics under Professor Arthur von Oettingen, and subsequently took a similar position in the Chemistry Laboratory under Carl Schmidt. Ostwald himself declared that he was most indebted to these two teachers for his scientific training.

The copy of the medal was ordered for the University of Tartu Museum at the initiative of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, who has a scientific cooperation agreement with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Academician Arvi Freiberg, Vice President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, considers it important to have the medal replica in the University of Tartu Museum to encourage talented young researchers and students to set the most ambitious targets in science.

The presentation of the medal takes place in the University of Tartu Art Museum on Wednesday, 29 September at 13:00. The presentation is followed by the assembly hall lecture by Christoph Markschies about science policy in Germany and what we have to learn from the theologian and science policy-maker Adolf von Harnack. Markschies is visiting Tartu to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the birth of Adolf Harnack, a University of Tartu alumnus and professor of church history at the later Humboldt University of Berlin.

Further information:

Jaanika Anderson, Director of Research, University of Tartu Museum, jaanika.anderson@ut.ee, +372 5344 7404

Priit Rohtmets, accompanying Christoph Markschies during the visit to the University of Tartu, Associate Professor of Church History, University of Tartu, priit.rohtmets@ut.ee