The winners of the 2016 Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research

Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen

Chemistry professor receives scientific research award for mastering mirror-image molecules

Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen has been selected to receive the 2016 Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research for his ground-breaking research into asymmetrical catalysis.

Chirality – the phenomenon that two molecules can be mirror images of each other, but have very different properties – is extremely useful for chemists, especially if they can control the processes so that only one of the mirror-image forms of a molecule is created. The process is called asymmetrical catalysis and is of great importance, especially in the field of medicine. Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen has contributed with very important developments to the field of asymmetrical catalysis. He is among the top one percent most cited chemists in the world, and many of the new forms of metal and organocatalysis developed by him are used world-wide in both academia and in industry.

During his career, Karl Anker Jørgensen has several times shifted the focus of his research within the field of organic chemistry. As a student he studied both organic synthesis and theoretical chemistry at Aarhus University, and in 1985 his independent research career was started off with theoretical and experimental studies of metal-catalyzed oxidation.

In 1994, he began to center his research on asymmetric metal catalysis, and in 1997, focus on this field was significantly strengthened as he received a large grant from the Danish National Research Foundation to establish the centre of excellence “Centre for Catalysis”. In 2001, he was one of the first scientists to develop asymmetric organocatalysis, which became the primary focus of his research in the course of just a few years. Over the past 15 years, his international research team has belonged to the world elite in this field.

His students are in high demand internationally, and Karl Anker Jørgensen himself is a world-renowned invited speaker at conferences and universities. The topics of some of his most popular talks include molecular chirality and – for the non-scientific audience – molecular gastronomy.

For further information:

Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen

Aarhus University, Department of Chemistry,

Tel.: +45 26 80 49 60


Professor Torben Iversen

Torben Iversen, the world’s leading political economy researcher, has roots going back to Aarhus University, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in political science in 1988. He then went to the United States where he earned his PhD degree from Duke University. Since 1994, Torben Iversen has been on the staff of the Department of Government at Harvard University, and in 2005, he was appointed Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy there.

Again and again, Torben Iversen’s work has set the agenda for research in a variety of areas, such as the welfare state, the role of central banks, salary negotiations, education and electoral systems.

His research has been cited more than 11,000 times, and he has published more than three dozen articles in leading journals in the fields of political science and political economy. In addition, he has published several books with prominent university presses, including:

·         Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

·         Contested Economic Institutions: The Politics of Macroeconomics and Wage Bargaining in Advanced Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 1999)

·         Women, Work, and Power: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality (Yale University Press, 2010)

·         Unions, Employers and Central Bankers (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

The Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research can now be added to the list of Iversen’s many other awards, including the prestigious Victoria Schuck Award, Best Book Award (European Politics and Society), the Luebbert Award and the Gabriel Almond Award which are presented by different sections affiliated with the American Political Science Association (APSA).

For further information:

Torben Iversen
Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor
Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Department of Government
Harvard University
CGIS North 308
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tlf.: 617 384 5847