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Levelt honoured with 'Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern'
On April 10, Willem Levelt, director emeritus of the MPI for Psycholinguistics, will receive the 'Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern' (Order of Merit) of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Order of Merit is awarded to individuals for their political, economic, social or intellectual achievements.
April 3, 2012
The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss. "It is the only honour that may be awarded in all fields of endeavour and is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation," it reads on their website. The Order of Merit may be awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for all kinds of outstanding services to the nation in the field of social, charitable or philanthropic work.
Levelt is honoured to receive the Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern and wants to credit all the people involved. "This honour reflects entirely on my Max Planck students and colleagues."Link to Levelt's personal page.