The 2017 Adolf Messer Prize worth €25,000 ($29,777) has been awarded to Benesh Joseph, a Biophysicist at Goethe University.

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Joseph received the award for his research in the field of pathogenic bacteria. Through his work, Joseph is contributing to the development of new alternative therapy options to counter the multidrug and antibiotic resistance of pathogenic bacteria. 

The Adolf Messer Prize is one of the most valuable science prizes given by the Goethe University in Frankfurt and is awarded annually. The Adolf Messer Foundation has presented the award to outstanding young scientists in the field of basic experimental research at the university since 1994. It is given in recognition of innovation, scientific curiosity and pioneering spirit. 

This year’s award was presented by Birgitta Wolff, President of Goethe University, and Honorary Senator Stefan Messer, Chairman of the Adolf Messer Foundation. Through his work, Benesh Joseph is contributing to the development of new alternative therapy options to counter the multidrug and antibiotic resistance of pathogenic bacteria. 

Stefan Messer emphasized, “For 24 years now, it has been a pleasure for us to be able to give this award to such outstanding young scientists at Goethe University every year.”

Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz, Vice President for Third Mission at Goethe University, added, “This advancement award, for which the Adolf Messer Foundation has thankfully chosen our university, provides exemplary support to Goethe University researchers working on innovative solutions. Some of the award-winners in recent years have in the meantime been appointed to professorships. This shows how benefactors can contribute to the success of our scientists.”

Adolf Messer founded the company Messer in Höchst am Main in 1898. At that time, the company was involved in the manufacture of acetylene generators. Lectures in Darmstadt had drawn Adolf Messer’s attention to acetylene lighting. As a student, he developed safety systems for acetylene generators, for which he obtained his first patents in 1902 and 1903. Now in its third generation of family ownership under Stefan Messer, the Messer Group is the world’s largest family-owned industrial gases company.