2016

Technology Award

cochlear implant: Research, development and commercialization

Univ. Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Dr. med. h.c. Ingeborg J. Hochmair-Desoyer and em. o. Univ. Prof. Dipl-.Ing. Dr. techn. Dr. med. h.c Erwin Hochmair
For the development and commercialization of the world’s first multi-channel microelectronic cochlear implant.

Prof. Blake S. Wilson, Ph.D., D.Sc., D.Eng., Dr. med. h.c. (mult.)
For research and development of an auditory coding strategy for cochlear Implants named “Continuous Interleaved Sampling” (CIS) in the late 1980’s, which has dramatically improved speech recognition without visual cues in these patients.

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Youth Award

Das Internet der Dinge

Wie praktisch wäre es, alltäglich genutzte Geräte wie Heizungen, Kühlschränke oder Alarmanlagen über das Internet zu verbinden, um ihre Funktion aus der Ferne per Tablet oder Smartphone steuern zu können?

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Software-Radio

Wer Daten übertragen, Radio hören oder funken will, kann dazu ein sogenanntes Software Defined Radio (SDR) nutzen. Die Signalverarbeitung dieser Hochfrequenzsender und -empfänger, geschieht mittels Software. Vorteile sind eine reduzierte Geräteinfrastruktur und eine gute Anpassung an wechselnde Übertragungsstandards. Lukas Lao Beyer hat ein Kosten günstiges SDR entwickelt.

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2015

Technology Award

Development of the mp3 audio coding technique

für entscheidende Beiträge zur Entwicklung und praktischen Implementierung des mp3-Audio- codierungsverfahrens.

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Youth Award

Lichtstrahlen auf der Spur

Erweiterung eines Lernalgorithmus der Lichtsimulation auf volumetrische Streuungseffekte Wie breitet sich ein Lichtstrahl in einer bestimmten Umgebung aus und wie wird er von Gegen- ständen reflektiert? Das sind zentrale Fragen, will man per Computer Grafiken erzeugen, die so realistisch wie richtige Fotos wirken. Eine besondere Herausforderung ist dabei die Lichtstreuung, die zum Beispiel auftritt, wenn […]

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Benutzerdefinierte Computeralgebra mit Java und Scala

Das ”Ableiten” gehört zu den bekanntesten Operationen in der Mathematik: Wer wissen möchte, wie stark eine bestimmte Kurve ansteigt, muss die Ableitung ihrer Funktion bilden. Frithjof Winkelmann hat diese Aufgabe in seinem Projekt auf den Computer übertragen. Er schrieb eine Software-Bibliothek, mit deren Hilfe sich mathematische Terme automatisch ableiten lassen. Außerdem ist das Programm in […]

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2014

Technology Award

Channel Codes for Digital Optical Recording

For contributions to the theory and practice of channel codes that enable efficient and reliable optical recording, and creative contributions to digital recording technology.

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Cultural Award

Merging facts and fiction in order to give the history of science a human face

For using her profound scientific knowledge and literary talent to combine facts with fiction by merging scientific adventure and human stories in order to give the history of science a human face.

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Youth Award

Digitale Discokugel

Beschleunigung der Lichtsimulation in Animationen durch Nutzung der zeitlichen Gemeinsamkeiten

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Stets auf dem Laufenden

MonEzine – der intelligente RSS-Reader

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2013

Technology Award

Invention of highly efficient organic semiconductor devices

For inventing the first highly efficient organic light emitting diode and further contributions to the development of organic semiconductor devices.

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Cultural Award

The Jugend forscht Contest is a Unique Way of Assisting Talented People

Jugend forscht is receiving the Cultural Award of the Eduard Rhein Foundation in recognition of the unique and special role of the contest in helping young people to develop their careers. For almost five decades Jugend forscht has encouraged children and young people to be excited about mathematics, IT, science and technology. The contest opens up a vista of the future and for many of the participants it is a stepping stone to a successful career.

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2012

Technology Award

The Development of the Global Positioning System (GPS)

For the development of GPS, which is the first global system that provides instantaneous time, and three dimensional positions; for its judicious design, which enabled a previously unconceivable accuracy, and triggered an unimaginably wide spectrum of applications; for its careful engineering, which made GPS economically viable from its earliest days – the long lifetime of the satellites was decisive in this respect; for setting the standard, that became the model for other systems.

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Cultural Award

How a Flat Computer Battery Led to Millions of Bytes on a Key Chain

In recognition of the idea and invention of a small standardized and portable data memory stick, today known as USB-Stick or USB Flash Drive.

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2011

Technology Award

Invention of the radio clock

For inventing digitally coded reference clock signals continuously transmitted over radio and for contributions on realizing radio clock receivers.

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Cultural Award

Invention of the today so-called e-mail

For the invention of standardized electronic mail – now known as e-mail – which made possible today’s easy exchange of information via the Internet and thus significantly changed the way people communicate with one another.

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2010

Technology Award

Contributions to video coding and to the development of the H.264/AVC standard

For outstanding and internationally recognized contributions to video coding and the development of the standard H.264/AVC, in particular for developing novel approaches to motion compensation using multiple reference pictures, hypotheses and picture hierarchies, for contributions to 3D video coding, for scalable and multi-view video coding, for video coder control, that helped to lay the ground for many new application areas of video coding.

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Cultural Award

Free and international Encyclopedia WIKIPEDIA

In recignition of the idea and establishment of the free and international encyclopedia WIKIPEDIA.

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2009

Technology Award

Electro-optical core technologies for flat panel displays

For outstanding and internationally acknowledged achievements in the area of novel electro-optical operational principles for flat panel display applications, as well as the respective materials and device concepts; most notably, for co-inventing the twisted nematic liquid crystal effect – the crucial core technology for the success of LCDs – as well as other liquid crystal modes and linearly polymerized photo polymers.

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Cultural Award

Outstanding yet comprehensible reports on an impressive variety of topics in the natural sciences

Is being awarded the Cultural Award as a representive of the editorial team of the monthly science magazine NATURWISSENSCHAFTLICHE RUNDSCHAU. Since its foundation by Hans Rotta and Hans Walter Frickinger in 1948, this magazine has been covering advances in the natural sciences in a generally comprehensible manner, though at the highest possible editorial standards.

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2008

Technology Award

Invention, international standardisation and propagation of the ”Controller Area Network” (CAN), which today dominates the world market

For the invention, international standardisation and propagation of the ”Controller Area Network” (CAN) – an open, reliable real-time communication system for embedded devices in automotive, medical and automation applications as well as in consumer goods, which today dominates the world market.

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Cultural Award

Brilliantly written science and technology related articles in newspapers

For brilliantly written science and technology related articles published in the newspaper DIE WELT. Over a sustained period of time his outstanding contributions are received by the readers as splendidly written, comprehensive in scope yet to read sources of information.

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2007

Technology Award

Outstanding contributions to the design of electroacoustic transducers and, most notably, the co-inventorship of the foil electret microphone and of the silicon condenser microphone

For outstanding and internationally acknowledged achievements in numerous areas of technical acoustics, ranging from polymer and silicon materials sciences to a number of groundbreaking new developments of electroacoustic sensor/actor devices; most notably, amongst these new devices co-invented by the award winner are the polymer-electret microphone – the single most successful type of microphone throughout the world – and the silicon condenser microphone.

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Cultural Award

Publication of scientific and technical works of young scientists in the magazine JUNGE WISSENSCHAFT (YOUNG SCIENCE)

in his capacity as the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed journal JUNGE WISSENSCHAFT (Young Science), also representing the editorial team of that journal.
As a periodical publication, JUNGE WISSENSCHAFT has successfully endeavored, for more than two decades, to communicate to the public the original scientific and technical work of young authors.

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2006

Basic Research Award

OFDM A vision that became reality

For pioneering applications of Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) techniques, to data transmission by orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), leading to numerous new developments in areas such as Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB), Digital Subscriber Line (x-DSL) transmission, and Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).

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Technology Award

Development, Standardization, and Technical Implementation of Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) Technology

For outstanding contributions to and achievements in the development, standardization, and the technical implementation of Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) technology in Europe as well as other regions of the world.

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Cultural Award

Popular science contributions of the APOTHEKEN UMSCHAU

in his capacity as founder and managing partner of the APOTHEKEN UMSCHAU, representing that journal s editorial team.
The popular biweekly magazine APOTHEKEN UMSCHAU has been in existence for more than five decades now. It can be regarded as a light popular magazine which, in an easyto read manner, transfers medical and pharmeceuticals facts to the home of the average citizen. These news and facts are being communicated by means of outstanding texts and illustrations.

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2005

Technology Award

Key contributions to the data recording technology of modern hard disk drives

For their pioneering roles in the introduction of innovative digital signal processing and coding techniques into hard disk drives, based on partial response signaling, maximum likelihood sequence and noise-predictive detection. These advances in the recording channel were instrumental to the unique increase of the storage density and data rates of hard disk drives during the past decades.

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Cultural Award

Sustained excellence in reporting about modern developments in natural and medical sciences and technology

in his capacity as Science Editor-in-Chief of the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, representing that newspaper s science editorial team.
The science magazine ZEIT · WISSEN (appearing as supplementary issues in DIE ZEIT) distinguishes itself by outstanding reports on new developments in natural and medical sciences, technology, and related areas of general interest. In particular, the photographic material, imagery, and figures included are of premier quality and deserve extra mention. Sciences frequently provide new impetus to economical and socio-political developments. Over a sustained period of time, ZEIT · WISSEN has stimulated these processes through a well-balanced blend of relevant and original background information, explanatory texts, and extraordinary clarity of presentation.

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2004

Technology Award

Fundamental contributions to room- and psychoacoustics, and the invention of linear predictive coding and codebook exited coding of speech

We honor Manfred R. Schroeder for his scientific work in the areas of room acoustics, psychoacoustics, speech coding and computer graphics, and for the invention of the linear prediction coding of speech, the most important basis of speech coding and speech analysis.

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Cultural Award

Evolutionary Epistemology – Philisophy in the age of science and technology

We honor Gerhard Vollmer for his brilliant and creative essays on Evolutionary Epistemology and for his continued efforts as a mediator between the “two cultures”, natural sciences and humanities.

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2003

Basic Research Award

Fundamental contributions to Traffic Theory and pioneering work in the definition of protocols for packet-switched telecommunications networks

for fundamental contributions to Traffic Theory and Performance Analysis, and his pioneering work in the definition of protocols for packet-switched telecommunications networks that support real-time applications.

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Technology Award

Invention of magnetic resonance imaging

for the invention of magnetic resonance imaging as a noninvasive method for crosssectional imaging at high spatial resolution and with endogenous tissue contrast. Apart from becoming an important tool in biomedical research, magnetic resonance imaging developed into the key modality for diagnostic imaging in medicine.

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Cultural Award

German Book: (Title translated into English) “The other Culture – what you should know from the Natural Sciences”

We appreciate indeed Professor Ernst Peter Fischer’s literary work as a whole but the present prize is mainly for his recent book: “The other Culture ­ what you should know from the Natural Sciences”. With this volume Professor Fischer has strongly and positively influenced the ongoing debate in Germany about the appropriate strategies in higher education.

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2002

Basic Research Award

Fundamental contributions to Information Theory and computer networks

for his basic work and fundamental contributions to information theory, coding theory, to mobile communications and to the theory of communication networks.

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Technology Award

Development of PASCAL, the first structured programming language

for the development of PASCAL, a systematic and structured computer language, and an appertaining platform-independent portable compiler that contributed to PASCAL’s rapid international acceptance.

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Cultural Award

Decades of achievement in presenting technical information for children on television

for his decades of achievement in presenting technical information for children on television.

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2001

Basic Research Award

Invention of the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA)

for the invention of the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) which enabled the revolution of the global telecommunication networks during the last decade.

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Technology Award

Fundamentals of Graphic Data Processing

for the conception, development, and successfulimplementation of open graphics standards applied to multimedia and virtual reality designs.

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Cultural Award

Informative newspaper reports on technological developments

for his clear and very informative newspaper reports on technological developments around the world.

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2000

Basic Research Award

WAVELETS – The Basis of digital image coding

for the invention, the mathematical development and the application of wavelets, which have found widespread applications as orthogonal functions in signal processing, radar, and image processing, especially for the new image compression standard JPEG 2000.

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Technology Award

ALOHANET – The first radio network for wireless Internet access

for the invention of fhe random access protocol ALOHA and the first realization worldwide of a radio-network for both local and satellite based Internet access of uncoordinated data terminals and for the invention and realization of spread-spectrum ALOHA to reach a higher performance, recognizing the imminent importance of ALOHA worldwide for all mobile and wireless radio networks.

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Cultural Award

Popular science programs in German Television

for his popular science programs in German television and his activities as presenter at scientific meetings.

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1999

Basic Research Award

for the first theoretically exact formulation of the sampling theorem.

for the first theoretically exact formulation of the sampling theorem.

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Technology Award

for conceiving and gaining acceptance for the MPEG standards to jointly encode moving pictures and associated audio signals, especially the digital TV standard MPEG-2, acknowledged worldwide.

for conceiving and gaining acceptance for the MPEG standards to jointly encode moving pictures and associated audio signals, especially the digital TV standard MPEG-2, acknowledged worldwide.

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for his invention of motion compensation in the framework of coding concepts for moving pictures and for his fundamental contributions to hybrid coding enhanced by estimation.

for his invention of motion compensation in the framework of coding concepts for moving pictures and for his fundamental contributions to hybrid coding enhanced by estimation.

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Cultural Award

for his broad spectrum of outstanding academic and journalistic publications.

for his broad spectrum of outstanding academic and journalistic publications.

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1998

Basic Research Award

for his pioneering contributions to the field of information and coding theory, particularly for the unique information theory for individual sequences which led to the universal lossles Lempel-Ziv datacompression algorithm .

for his pioneering contributions to the field of information and coding theory,
particularly for the unique information theory for individual sequences
which led to the universal lossles Lempel-Ziv datacompression algorithm .

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Technology Award

for the creation and development of what is known today as the “World Wide Web”

for the creation and development of what is known today as the “World Wide Web”

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1997

Basic Research Award

Semiconductor laser and integrated optics for application in communication sytems

for his pioneering work on semiconductor lasers and integrated optics for application in optical communication systems.

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Technology Award

Development of the digital cellular telephone system (GSM)

Thomas Haug
for his outstanding engagement in achieving an agreement upon and standardization of the GSM system within the CEPT/ETSI.

Heikki Huttunen
for fundamental innnovations and advanced deseign work, in particalr for contributions related to GSM handheld cellular telephones.

Dr. Dr.h.c. Jan Uddenfeldt
for fundamental innovations and design work, in paticular for contributions related to the GSM infrastructure.

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Cultural Award

Long-standing editorship of the scientific periodical Nature

as the former editor of the influential scientific periodical Nature for his longstanding commitment to furthering and disseminating scientific knowledge.

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1996

Basic Research Award

Fundamental research in error corecting coding (Hamming Distance/Hamming Codes)

for his early work and investions leading up to the development of the modern chip card, in particular for the invention of the microprocessor card.

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Technology Award

Invention and development of chip card technologies

Jürgen Dethloff
for his early work and investions leading up to the development of the modern chip card, in particular for the invention of the microprocessor card.

Roland Moreno
for his important investions and developments facilitating widespread use of the chip card, in particular for the technologies employed in data management, verification of personal identification numbers, and data acces control.

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Special Award

Conventions of Nobel Prize winners in Lindau

In 1986 Countess Sonja Bernadotte succeeded her husband as president of the Board of Curators and in the management of the conventions of Nobel Prize winners. After surmounting the original reserve of the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, her intense personal commitment has secured close and rewarding cooperation between Stockholm and Lindau

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1995

Basic Research Award

Development of the first freely programmable binary computers using floating-point operations

Development of the first freely programmable binary computers using floating-point operations

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Technology Award

Digitale Micromirror Device

Digitale Micromirror Device

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Cultural Award

Long-standing engagement for academic freedom

Long-standing engagement for academic freedom

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1994

Basic Research Award

Basic concept of trelliscoded modulation

Basic concept of trelliscoded modulation

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Concept of decoding convolutional codes (“Viterbi Algorithm”)

Concept of decoding convolutional codes (“Viterbi Algorithm”)

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Technology Award

Invention of the microcomputer

Invention of the microcomputer

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1993

Basic Research Award

Fundamental research in digital signal processing

Fundamental research in digital signal processing

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Technology Award

LC-TV projector with ultra high resolution for HDTV

LC-TV projector with ultra high resolution for HDTV

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Cultural Award

Outstanding journalistic TV features

Outstanding journalistic TV features

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1992

Technology Award

Analog/digital image processing network

Analog/digital image processing network

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Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) system

Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) system

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1991

Basic Research Award

Fundamental research on information theory

Fundamental research on information theory

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Technology Award

Basic developments in optical frequency multiplexing with heterodyne reception

Basic developments in optical frequency multiplexing with heterodyne reception

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Cultural Award

Outstanding journalism of exemplary character

Outstanding journalism of exemplary character

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1990

Basic Research Award

Fundamental engineering research on optical communications

Fundamental engineering research on optical communications

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Technology Award

14″ liquid crystal flat color display

14″ liquid crystal flat color display

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1989

Technology Award

Euro S-VHS video system

Euro S-VHS video system

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“Featurebox” chipset for TV sets

“Featurebox” chipset for TV sets

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Cultural Award

“Da ist kein Schall von Siegesrufen”

“Da ist kein Schall von Siegesrufen”

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“Chronik einer Wiedergeburt”

“Chronik einer Wiedergeburt”

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“… und abends ins Gefängnis”

“… und abends ins Gefängnis”

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Special Award

TV quizmaster and entertainer

TV quizmaster and entertainer

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1988

Technology Award

Basic development of TFT liquid crystal display

Basic development of TFT liquid crystal display

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High resolution color crystal display

High resolution color crystal display

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Improved plasma display

Improved plasma display

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International Honorary Award

Cultural Award

“Stille Tage in Sommieres”

“Stille Tage in Sommieres”

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“giftig, ätzend, explosiv”

“giftig, ätzend, explosiv”

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“Eine Queen wird geliftet”

“Eine Queen wird geliftet”

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Special Award

for his work in the development of radio and TV in Germany after 1945

for his work in the development of radio and TV in Germany after 1945

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1987

Technology Award

Flat and square picture tube

Flat and square picture tube

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Quantel Box, specials effects processing of TV pictures

Quantel Box, specials effects processing of TV pictures

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TV converter with CCD memory

TV converter with CCD memory

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Color video printer

Color video printer

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Book: “D2-MAC Satellite Technology”

Book: “D2-MAC Satellite Technology”

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Cultural Award

“Warum habe ich meine Tochter getötet?”

“Warum habe ich meine Tochter getötet?”

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“Wo Taxifahrer Tolstoi lesen”

“Wo Taxifahrer Tolstoi lesen”

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“Zacharias – ein Lebensbild”

“Zacharias – ein Lebensbild”

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Special Award

TV news moderation

TV news moderation

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1986

Technology Award

Coding method for audio signals

Coding method for audio signals

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Enhanced pixel resolution for TV color cameras

Enhanced pixel resolution for TV color cameras

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Video telephone

Video telephone

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Digital sound broadcasting via satellite

Digital sound broadcasting via satellite

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DAT Multi track PCM cassette recording

DAT Multi track PCM cassette recording

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DIGICONTROL system for TV sets

DIGICONTROL system for TV sets

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Cultural Award

“Stan Rivkin”

“Stan Rivkin”

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“Leiden der Besiegten”

“Leiden der Besiegten”

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“Fahrplan ins Chaos”

“Fahrplan ins Chaos”

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“Hiroshima – Nagasaki”

“Hiroshima – Nagasaki”

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“Nacht der Indios”

“Nacht der Indios”

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1985

Technology Award

Time sequential luminance/crominance coding

Time sequential luminance/crominance coding

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MAC system for satellite TV

MAC system for satellite TV

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Flicker-free color TV

Flicker-free color TV

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Portable TV set with flat LC display

Portable TV set with flat LC display

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Video Program System (VPS)

Video Program System (VPS)

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Publication on enhanced TV systems

Publication on enhanced TV systems

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Cultural Award

“Der Prozeß”

“Der Prozeß”

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“Polizeiagenten – Lockspitzel im Zwielicht”

“Polizeiagenten – Lockspitzel im Zwielicht”

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“Helwein” – Filmportrait of a Painter

“Helwein” – Filmportrait of a Painter

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“Ewig leben – Portrait einer Hundertjährigen”

“Ewig leben – Portrait einer Hundertjährigen”

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“Ein fauler Bauer”

“Ein fauler Bauer”

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1984

Technology Award

First flat color TV display developed in Germany

First flat color TV display developed in Germany

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Color coding for digital HDTV processor

Color coding for digital HDTV processor

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Cultural Award

“Der Fall K.”

“Der Fall K.”

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“Ich bin wie Othello”

“Ich bin wie Othello”

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TV coverage an commentary on events in Poland

TV coverage an commentary on events in Poland

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“Der vergessene Krieg”

“Der vergessene Krieg”

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1983

Technology Award

DIGIVISION, digital TV signal processing

Development of digital television

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MAVICA – electronic still picture camera

MAVICA – electronic still picture camera

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Direct metal mastering (DMM) for LPs

Direct metal mastering (DMM) for LPs

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Cultural Award

“Blutiger Sommer -Wiedersehen mit Beirut”

“Blutiger Sommer -Wiedersehen mit Beirut”

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“Das Erlanger Wunschkind”

“Das Erlanger Wunschkind”

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1982

Eduard-Rhein Award

Stereo sound TV in Germany

Stereo sound TV in Germany

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VCR stereo sound recording

VCR stereo sound recording

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First flat TV display ready for production

First flat TV display ready for production

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1981

Eduard-Rhein Award

Videomovie

Videomovie

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MAG camera

MAG camera

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Compact Disc (CD)

Compact Disc (CD)

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Dynamic Processing System

Dynamic Processing System

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1980

Eduard-Rhein Award

Development of video disc system

Development of video disc system

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1979

Eduard-Rhein Award

Compact magnetic video recording

Compact magnetic video recording

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Basic development of VHS system

Basic development of VHS system

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Contributions to magnetic video recording

Contributions to magnetic video recording

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