Cardinal Innitzer Prize

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The Cardinal Innitzer Prize is a science prize awarded by the Archdiocese of Vienna . It is named after Cardinal Theodor Innitzer and endorsed by the Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund , an institution for the promotion of science.


The efforts of Cardinal Theodor Innitzer

The namesake of the study fund, Cardinal Theodor Innitzer, was a university teacher himself. As such, he knew about the needs of young scientists at the beginning of their academic careers. After the end of the Second World War he sought the help of key figures in Austrian business to support young Austrian scientists. The issue of the need to promote young academics came up on January 30, 1951 at a meeting between Cardinal Theodor Innitzer and Julius Raab , then President of the Federal Chamber of Commerce, and Otto Benedikt, General Director of the Girozentrale. The Austrian Leo Society had previously sought such funding. At the suggestion of Cardinal Innitzer, these gentlemen agreed on February 8, 1951 to set up an aid fund for young scientists. This aid fund, also known as "Lecturer Aid", awarded scholarships for a maximum of three years at the request of the applicant, who was subject to a technical examination.

In response to a further letter from Cardinal Innitzer dated December 20, 1951 to key figures in the government, the chambers and various large economic companies, the Genossenschaftliche Zentralbank AG, the Commerce Section of the Chamber of Commerce, Vienna, the Lower Austrian Farmers' Union and the Association of Austrian Industrialists supported the fund . After the death of Cardinal Theodor Innitzer (October 9, 1955), Chapter Vicar Archbishop Franz Jachym took over the protection of the interests of lecturers.

The further development

The idea of ​​supporting Austrian science on the part of the Church was taken up by Innitzer's successor in the office of Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Franz König . In a letter dated December 21, 1960, Cardinal König informed the Presidium of the Federal Chamber of Commerce that he wanted to set up a fund to support young academics and asked for appropriate subsidies and suggestions for a concrete implementation of the project. On January 5, 1961, Cardinal König received an acceptance from the Federal Chamber of Commerce. He then tried to find a prominent cast on the board of trustees, which initially (from April 9, 1962) included Julius Raab , Leopold Figl , Manfred Mauthner Markhof , section head Franz Hoyer, Ferdinand Westphalen and Alois Brusatti .

The institution, which was founded in 1962 as the "Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund", was supposed to offer prizes every year for work that met a higher scientific standard, and various organizations should pay for this. Theses could be submitted from all scientific areas, but at least half of the available funds should be used for work in the area of ​​social sciences. With this in mind, awards were first decided on at the meeting of the Board of Trustees on November 21, 1962. The prizes went to people who stood on the border between young scientists and established scientists.

In the following years it was possible to win new institutions as donors, which made it possible to increase the prize money. On the occasion of the tenth award ceremony in 1971, the Board of Trustees decided on a new regulation: Instead of the previous number of award winners, which fluctuated between 15 and 25 annually, nine “sponsorship awards” of 25,000 schillings each were created. In addition, a “Cardinal Innitzer Prize” of 100,000 Schilling was created for outstanding scientific work. This served to honor the life's work of researchers. According to press reports at the time, an “Austrian Nobel Prize” for social sciences was established. For the first time this award was given to Johannes Messner . Since 1974 the Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund has also been awarding “appreciation prizes” for personalities who are involved in research.

Honor protection and award ceremony

Cardinal Franz König agreed to take over the protection of honor through the newly established fund. With the help of his ideal support and the efforts of other personalities, it was possible to create the material basis for the award. The protector of the Cardinal Innitzer Prize continues to be the Archbishop of Vienna, currently Cardinal Christoph Schönborn . The award ceremony is held at a ceremony in December of each calendar year.

Grand Prix

The "Grand Prize" has been awarded since 1971 for life's scientific work.

Appreciation awards

“Appreciation prizes” have been awarded since 1974 for “Humanities and social sciences / law”, “natural sciences / medicine” and “scientifically founded journalism”.

Promotion Prizes

In addition to the “Grand Prize” and the “Appreciation Prizes”, the Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund annually awards “Promotion Prizes” to outstanding young Austrian scientists since 1971. Candidates from the fields of humanities , human and veterinary medicine , natural sciences , law and Political , social and economic sciences as well as theology that are not older than 40 years can apply for the sponsorship awards. The submitted work should be at about the level of a habilitation , and individual studies by those with a habilitation can also be submitted. The applications are checked by the study fund, which uses external experts for this purpose, and by the board of trustees.

Winner of the Cardinal Innitzer Prize (1962–1970)

  • 1962: Shin Clemens Anzai, religious scholar; Walter Böhm, philosopher; Alois Eder, professor at the University for World Trade; Karl Hannak, legal scholar; Adolf Holl , theologian; Kurt Holzer, Professor of Agricultural Policy at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna; Elly Konopik, chemist; Edgar Korherr , theologian; Peter Leisching , canon lawyer; Michael Mitterauer , historian; Bruno Primetshofer , canon lawyer; Herbert Schambeck , legal scholar; Erwin Stürzl, lecturer in English at the University of Vienna in 1962; Rudolf Weiler , theologian; Werner Welzig , Germanist; Fridolin Wipplinger , philosopher
  • 1963: Felix Gamillscheg, editor-in-chief of “Furche” and founder of the Catholic Media Academy; Herbert Hausmaninger , legal scholar; Gustav Hofmann, medic; Maria Hornung , linguist; Otto Kepka, zoologist; Josef Leibetseder, veterinarian; Johann Mader, philosopher; Christoph Mayerhofer, Section Councilor in the Federal Ministry of Justice; Otto Muck , philosopher; Helmuth Petsche , neurophysiologist; Ambros Pfiffig , etrusologist; Richard Plaschka , historian; Benno Plöchinger , geologist; Herbert Schelesniker, Slavist; Hellmuth Schindlbauer, chemist; Walter Schlorhauffer, audiologist; Friedrich Schmittner, qualified as a professor for agricultural management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna; Franz-Martin Schmölz, ethicist; Viktor Steininger, legal scholar; Peter Swoboda , professor for business administration at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz; Wilhelm Ullrich, veterinarian
  • 1964: Johann B. Bauer , theologian; Maximilian Bergmann, physician; Walter Dostal , ethnologist; Wilhelm Durpe, philosopher; Elsa Fetzmann (married Kusel-Fetzmann), phycologist; Maximilian Fischer, Senior Councilor at the Natural History Museum; Johann Korkisch, chemist; Hans Köttl, agronomist; Alfred Kyrer , economist; Alfred Locker, biophysicist; Hans Mukarovsky , Africanist; Peter Pernthaler , legal scholar; Vladimir Richter , philosopher; Brigitte Rollett , psychologist; Josef Söltz-Szöts, dermatologist; Wilhelm Sacher, political scientist; Karl Steinreadyhner, medic; Otto Thalhammer, physician; Theodor Tomandl , legal scholar; Karl Vodrazka , economist; Leopold Wallner, General Director of Österreichische Spielbanken AG; Rudolf Weiler , theologian; Herwig Wolfram , historian; Erich Zbirak, chemist; Wolfgang Zenker, physician
  • 1965: Norbert Brox , church historian; Horst Ebel, X-ray metallographer; Kurt Freisitzer, sociologist; Josef Frewein, anatomist; Arnold Gamper , biblical scholar; Rudolf Haller , philosopher; Helmut Heuberger , geographer; Alfred Klose , political and social scientist; Kurt Marko, philosopher; Marianne Meinhart, legal historian; Veith Risak, computer scientist; Kurt Rossmanith, chemist; Anton Schöpf, economist; Michael Schwimann, legal scholar; Alois Stacher , physician; Wilhelm Stöckl, biochemist; Gerhard Wiedermann, hygienist; Wolfgang Wieser, zoologist; Erich Winter , Egyptologist
  • 1966: Alfred Doppler , literary scholar; Carl Gerold Fürst , canon lawyer; Ingeborg Gampl, canon lawyer; Erich Glawischnig, veterinarian; Rudolf Gönner, lecturer in education at Saarland University; Hertha Haselberger, art ethnologist; Rudolf Höfer , physician; Richard Holzhammer, legal scholar; Kurt Jellinger, neurologist; Kurt Keminger, surgeon; Friedrich Koja, legal scholar; Herbert Kraus , economist; Harald Kirschner, chemist; Erich Kutzler, parasitologist; Walter Nagl, botanist; Adolf Neckel, chemist; Rudolf Ostheim, legal scholar; Hanns Pichler, economist; Othmar Pickl , historian; Friedrich Romig economist; Sigurd Sailer, medic; Otto Siebeck, zoologist; Gerhard Silberbauer, sociologist; Paul Weingartner , philosopher; Alexander Weinmann, control engineer; Helmut Widtmann, qualified as a professor for town and church construction at the Graz University of Technology; Franz Zaic, English studies; Josef Zelger, dermatologist
  • 1967: Eugen Dönt , classical philologist; Rudolf Eder, economist; Erich Eisenmenger, surgeon; Christof Faistenberger, legal scholar; Karl Formanek, pathologist; Josef Frühwirth, agronomist; Albert Höfer , religious educator; Nikola Getoff, radiation and radio chemist; Michael Hoffmann, economist; Christian Kunz , virologist; Elisabeth Lichtenberger , geographer; Ferdinand Mayer, cartographer; Erhard Oeser , philosopher; Roland Pechlaner, Limonenue; Helmuth Pietschmann, physician; Friedrich Sandhofer, physician; Diether Sperlich, physician; Gottfried Schatz, Indologist; Klaus Wolff , dermatologist; Horst Wünsch , legal scholar; Paul Zulehner , pastoral theologian
  • 1968: Werner Clement , economist; Karl Hagmüller, zoologist; Ernst Hammerschmidt Orientalist; Johann Hejtmanek, reactor theorist; Josef Kreiner , Japanologist; Gerhard Pfohl , epigraphist; Fritz Raber , legal scholar; Wigand Ritter, economic geographer; Fritz Schweiger , mathematician; Walter Sertl, economist; Christian Smekal , finance scientist; Helmuth Seyfried, psychologist; Erich Thummer , Classical Pholologist; Kurt Utvary, chemist; Laszlo Vaskovics, sociologist
  • 1969: Hannes Aiginger , physicist; Herbert Benzer, anesthesiologist; Gerhard Faninger, radiologist; Konrad Ginther, international lawyer; Peter Gruber, mathematician; Othmar Hageneder , historian; Adolf Haslinger, literary scholar; Franz Horak, legal scholar; Kurt Ingerle, lecturer in hydraulic steel engineering at the Vienna University of Technology; Alfred Kratochwil, gynecologist; Harry Kühnel , historian; Robert Leskova, milk hygienist; Hans Lexa, economist; Anton Meller; Chemist; Richard Olechowski, educator; Wolfgang Raab, dermatologist; Max Röhr, biochemist; Gerhard Schwarz, philosopher; Hugo Schwendenwein, canon lawyer
  • 1970: Rudolf Bauer, rheumatism surgeon; Rudolf Flotzinger , musicologist; Walter Grünberg , pathologist; Hedwig Heger, Germanist; Karl Korinek , constitutional lawyer; Herbert Matis , economic historian; Erwin Migsch, labor lawyer; Walter Nagl, botanist; Kurt Onderscheka, veterinary surgeon; Norbert Pucker, physicist; Peter Putzer, legal historian; Fritz Sauter, chemist; Wilfried Schneider, business educator; Rudolf Welser, lawyer; Gerhard Winkler, classical philologist; Josef Wysocki, historian

Winner of the Kardinal Innitzer Prize in the categories "Grand Prize" (from 1971) and "Appreciation Prizes" (from 1974)

Winner of the Kardinal Innitzer Prize in the "Promotion Prizes" category (from 1971)

Web links


  • Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund , Vienna 1968.
  • Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen years , Vienna 1976.
  • Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Twenty years , Vienna 1981.

Individual evidence

  1. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, p. 11; see. also: The study fund on
  2. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen years, Vienna 1976, p. 11.
  3. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, p. 12.
  4. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen years, Vienna 1976, p. 12f.
  5. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen years, Vienna 1976, p. 13f. and p. 38.
  6. The study fund at
  7. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen years, Vienna 1976, p. 23f.
  8. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, pp. 24–26.
  9. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, pp. 26–28.
  10. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, pp. 28–30.
  11. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, pp. 30–32.
  12. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, pp. 32–34.
  13. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, p. 34f.
  14. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, p. 35f.
  15. Alois Brusatti (ed.): The Cardinal Innitzer Study Fund. Fifteen Years, Vienna 1976, p. 37f.
  16. Karl Acham on
  17. Harald Niederreiter on
  18. ^ ORF-TV religious journalists Peter Pawlowsky and Grabner awarded APA news from November 18, 2000
  19. Cardinal Schönborn presented the Innitzer Prize 2001 article on
  20. Innitzer Prize 2002 goes to sociologist Rosenmayr Article on
  21. Kardinal Innitzer Prize 2003 goes to computer pioneer Zemanek Article on, December 15, 2003
  22. Cardinal Innitzer Prize 2004 to linguist Mayrhofer Article dated November 30, 2004 on
  23. ^ Cardinal Innitzer Prize to "Space Pope" Riedler In: Der Standard, online version of November 25, 2005
  24. Cardinal Innitzer Prize 2006 awarded Article from December 4, 2006 on
  25. Don't be afraid of the truth: Cardinal Schönborn presents the Science Award article from December 17, 2007 on
  26. Cardinal Innitzer Prize 2008 goes to dermatologist Wolff APA broadcast of December 5, 2008
  27. Cardinal Innitzer Prize 2009 goes to Gerald Stourzh APA broadcast of November 27, 2009
  28. Cardinal Innitzer Prize 2010 goes to Friedrich Ehrendorfer's article on
  29. Cardinal Schönborn presented the Innitzer prices 2011 article from December 12, 2011 on
  30. ↑ The 2012 Cardinal Innitzer Prize goes to nuclear physicist Helmut Rauch. Wiener Zeitung , December 11, 2012
  31. ↑ The 2013 Kardinal Innitzer Prize goes to linguist Dressler. Press release from December 2, 2013 at the Catholic Press Agency Austria (
  32. Innitzer Prize 2014 goes to biochemist and ex-Minister Tuppy.; Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  33. Innitzer Prize 2015 goes to former VfGH President Korinek . Article dated November 16, 2015, accessed November 21, 2015.
  34. Innitzer Prize 2016 goes to immunologist Christoph Huber. In: October 20, 2016, accessed November 1, 2016 .
  35. Innitzer Prize 2017 to Graz historian Grete Walter-Klingenstein. In: November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017 .
  36. ↑ The 2018 Cardinal Innitzer Prize goes to chemist Schuster. In: Retrieved November 18, 2018 .
  37. Cardinal Innitzer Prize 2019 awarded to sociologist Acham. In: Kathpress .at. November 16, 2019, accessed November 16, 2019 .