In 1965-1996, Prof. emerit. Hermann Grimmeiss was appointed as first professor in Solid State Physics and Head of the Department at the Technical University in Lund, and thus created the cradle of what later developed into nanoscience at NanoLund. The Daniel Ernst Jablonski Medal honors special merits in the Leibniz Society or an exceptional commitment to promoting the purpose and work of the Society. It was awarded to Hermann Grimmeiss on Leibniz-Day 2020 on 26th November – in the same year as Hermann’s 90th birthday.
The honorific speech at the award of the Daniel Ernst Jablonski Medal highlighted the pronounced sense of responsibility with which the honoree represents Leibniz's ideas and thereby adheres to Leibniz's maxim theoria cum praxi et commune bonum, which mandates to consider the benefit for society in science. It became clear how Hermann Grimmeiss, with persistent interdisciplinary commitment and high personal dedication in the impressively developing fields of solid-state physics and semiconductor technologies, contributed to the highly rated theoretical and technological successes in both fields.
Hermann Grimmeiss has been a member of the Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin since 2003. Even before that he cooperated with researchers and research institutions in the academic landscape of Berlin and the surrounding area. Contacts reach as far back as 1985, when Hermann Grimmeiss attended the GADEST (Gettering and Defect Engineering in Semiconductor Technology), a conference series that was started in the former German Democratic Republic by the Institute for Semiconductor Physics (IHP) of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR. From 1991 to 1993, Hermann Grimmeiss directed the IHP during the re-organization and had great influence on the development of the institute into the internationally recognized research facility that it is today.
The Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin is more than 300 years old and was named to commemorate the natural philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Almost all fields of contemporary science are represented in the Society. The interdisciplinary orientation is used for scientific discourse and the discussion of current problems in science and society. It currently has around 310 members, 180 of whom are in natural sciences and technology.