In 1993, the Heinz Billing Prize for the advancement of scientific computation was presented for the first time. The aim
of this award was to honour the achievements of those who have spent time and effort developing the hardware and software
crucial for scientific advances. Since then the role of computational approaches in all areas of science has grown steadily
and has become an indispensable part of modern research. It is the purpose of the award to honour outstanding scientific
contributions in all areas of computational science. The award is named after Professor Heinz Billing (1914-2017), formerly
director at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics who also has been chairman of the Advisory Committee for computers in the Max Planck Society.
With the invention of the drum storage and the construction of the computers G1, G2, G3, Professor Billing was one of the
very first pioneers of electronic data processing at the beginning of scientific computation.
The Heinz Billing Prize for
“Outstanding Contributions to Computational Science”
is awarded biennially by the Heinz Billing Foundation of the Max Planck Society. The prize, open to scientists of all disciplines,
is supposed to recognize work of younger scientists, who, typically, would not hold a tenured position. Applications as well as
nominations from all fields of computational science are welcome and should demonstrate significant progress in solving scientific
problems by computational means. Some typical examples of relevant research areas are given below:
Modeling and computer simulation
Design of user interfaces based on new scientific findings
Data handling and analysis procedures
Scientific visualization of data and processes
A jury selects one contribution for the Heinz Billing Prize for the advancement of computational science. The award ceremony
will take place during the scientific fall meeting of the Max Planck Society. The candidate receives a certificate and an
endowment of € 5.000.