The Humboldt Research Award Goes to Physics Prof. Daniel Baumann


Daniel Baumann, professor of cosmology at NTU, is one of the recipients of the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. The award has been granted in recognition of Prof. Baumann’s accomplishments in research and teaching.

The Humboldt Research Award is one of the highest honors awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to international scholars who work outside Germany. Recipients are “academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge academic achievements in the future”. To this day, a total of 54 Nobel Prize winners have been granted this prize, including several Academicians from Taiwan. The prize is currently valued at €60,000 with the possibility of further support during the prize winner’s lifetime.

As part of the award, Prof. Baumann is also invited to visit the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich to collaborate with the group of Prof. Johannes Henn. During his visit, he will be given the opportunity to meet with the President of Germany.

Prof. Baumann joined the Department of Physics at NTU in August 2023 and became the new director of the Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics (LeCosPA) in January 2024. He currently also holds the title of Yushan Professor. Baumann is a world-leading theoretical cosmologist, who has many seminal contributions, especially in the field of early universe cosmology. Besides his research achievements, Prof. Baumann is also a highly regarded teacher and mentor. He looks forward to working with the exceptional faculty and students at NTU.

Prof. Daniel Baumann receives the Humboldt Research Award.