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- P. Franz Martin Schmölz OP-Gastprofessur at the University of Salzburg
- Gedächtnisstiftung Peter Kaiser (1793-1864) in Vaduz
- Herbert Batliner
In 2009 the Liechtenstein Peter Kaiser Foundation under its President Senator DDr. Herbert Batliner donated a professor of social ethics to the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research. As part of this foundation a Father Francis Martin Schmölz Visiting Professor was assigned to Clemens Sedmak and funded positions to young scientists increasing the center as new employee since then.
For the purposes of the namesake of the Chair, the aim of the award is to support the scientific work in the field of social ethics and political ethics. Through publications, lectures, events and an edition the pioneering work that Schmölz has done in these disciplines is continued.
The Dominican Franz Martin Schmölz OP was born in 1927 in the Allgäu and died in 2003 in Salzburg. First, he taught at the University of Munich and completed his habilitation in 1962 in Salzburg. From 1961 to 2003 he worked at the International Research Center for basic questions of Sciences (1987 to 1997 as its president), and in 1965 he assumed the board of the Institute of Christian social teaching at the University of Salzburg. The work of the 1990 retired Dominican was appreaciated with multiple awards and is dominated by the thinking of Thomas Aquinas, whose most authoritative experts Schmölz counts. He saw political science as a decision aid for the practitioner and was convinced that the Church must get involved in their Christian responsibility and in a dialogue with the world.