2010 – Hans Joachim Blass, Germany

for his path breaking work regarding innovative and reliable structural timber connections and reinforcements which have high load transfer capacity and can be efficiently applied at construction sites and within industrial processes. Efficient connections make it possible to construct large timber structures and save timber material while offering attractive logistic solutions by use of prefabricated […]

2009 – Jouni Ikäheimo, Vesa Kajander and Bengt Welin, Finland

for their breakthrough development of the Direct Drive system for paper machines. This opens significant opportunities for new design concepts and process configurations of paper making lines with advantages related to the investment, operation, product quality, ergonomics and environmental impact of the paper making process.

2008 – Bjarne Holmbom and Christer Eckerman, Finland

for their breakthrough research and innovation creating a platform for large-scale separation, isolation, purification and applications of chemical components in wood. The Laureates have created an understanding of the fundamental chemistry of spruce tree knots, i.e. the part of the branches that is embedded in the stem. They developed technical separation methods to extract tree […]

2007 – Ove Nilsson, Sweden

or his scientific accomplishments that have revealed genes and fundamental molecular mechanisms of regulation of flowering time and have indicated how molecular signals help trees to adapt to the changing seasons. The use of these advances could substantially accelerate the breeding of trees via rapid induction of flowering with environmental safeguards. This in turn offers […]

2006 – Antoine Kremer, France

for his path-breaking discovery of the evolution, organization and distribution of the genetic diversity of Pan-European oaks that will act as an outstanding model for the study of all other species. Dr Antoine Kremer has worked for 28 years with the French national research organization INRA (L’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) and has been […]

2005 – Tom Kjelgaard, Katarina Magnusson and Ulf Ringdahl, Sweden

The Marcus Wallenberg Prize for 2005 is awarded to Mr. Tom Kjelgaard, Ms. Katarina Magnusson and Mr. Ulf Ringdahl for their path breaking research leading to a retortable paperboard packaging material for foodstuff. Specifically, they developed a packaging material structure that is sufficiently flexible during forming and filling to avoid cracking of the critical barrier […]

2004 – Paul Olof Meinander, Finland

For developing a significant modification of the design of the paper machine that improves both the efficiency of the economic and the environmental performance. The new design is called the POM Wet End Concept. The Prize-winner developed the idea and then designed and built machinery that proved the concept. During paper making, fibres are fed […]

2003 – Johanna Buchert, Maija Tenkanen, Tapani Vuorinen, Finland, and Anita Teleman, Sweden

for their discovery of hexenuronic acid in unbleached kraft pulp and for their development of a practical means for removing it. By removing the hexenuronic acid prior to bleaching reactions between it and the bleaching chemicals are avoided and hence the hexenuronic acid does not consume bleaching chemicals. This leads to less consumption of chemicals […]

2003 Prize Ceremony

2002 – Melvin Tyree, USA

Dr. Melvin Tyree is awarded the nineteenth Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his pioneering scientific discoveries leading to basic understanding of water transport in trees. His path breaking research has elucidated the hydraulic architecture of a wide range of temperate and tropical trees. Dr. Tyree’s scientific work has been fundamental to the understanding of stress induced […]

2001 – Robert Evans, Australia

for his path-breaking contribution to the development of instrumentation and accompanying software for the characterization of the structure and quality of wood, one of the world’s most complex composite materials. He developed a practical means to quickly characterize the important qualities of the component fibers of a large number of tree samples such that wood […]