The award is given to fewer than 100 researchers each year across all disciplines. Alexander von Humboldt was a mid-19th century nature researcher and explorer of South America.
"I am very honored to receive this lifetime achievement award, and I look forward to many more years of productive research," Chakrabarty said. "This award is a strong encouragement to continue the tradition of research excellence that has been established in my group."
Humboldt award recipients are each awarded a prize of 60,000 euros (nearly $80,000 at current exchange rates) and extended an invitation to pursue research of their choice with colleagues in Germany. Chakrabarty will focus his research on resilient computing systems, with emphasis on design for test and data-driven adaptation. He emphasized that his success is a team effort.
"I would like to thank my graduate students (who teach me as much as I teach them) and my collaborators from all over the world," he said.
Chakrabarty will be formally recognized at the annual meeting of the Humboldt Foundation in March 2014, and at a special reception with the president of Germany in Berlin in June 2014.