Merkel received the Harnack Prize from the Max Planck Society

Merkel received the Harnack Prize from the Max Planck Society. She is the first Chancellor of Germany to receive the award. The society held Merkel in high esteem for her work.

The decision to award the prize was made unanimously. The award is given for special services to science. Since 1924, the award was presented 33 times. Most of the nominees were scientists.