University of Calgary

Benno Nigg

  • Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology
  • Professor Emeritus - Human Performance Lab

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Research Interests

Research Interests:

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: Walenstadt, St. Gallen, Switzerland 1938
Resident: Since 1981 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Citizenship: Canada and Switzerland

EDUCATION

1945-1950 Primary School in Zürich
1959-1965 Study of Physics at the Technical University of Zürich (ETH), Switzerland, and the Technical University, Hannover, West Germany. Final Examination: "Diploma in Experimental Physics" at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland
1950-1958 Humanistic Gymnasium in Einsiedeln. Final Examination: "Maturität A"
1975 Dr.sc.nat. at the ETH Zürich
1979-1985 University of Iowa, Iowa City Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Biomechanics
1976 Visiting Fellow at The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Human locomotion with main emphasis on forces on and in the locomotor system and effects produced by such forces (e.g. excessive load and injuries, positive and negative biological effects on bone, muscle, tendon, ligaments and cartilage). Research concentration on human locomotion with main emphasis onmobility and longevity. Application to clinical assessment (diagnosis and rehabilitation) and to movement related products such as orthoses, shoe insoles, sport shoes, surfaces and sport equipment.

 

AWARDS AND HONOURS

1963

Exchange scholarship award from ETH Zürich, Switzerland

1976

Ken Petak Memorial Lecture, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA

1979-1987

Council Member, International Society of Biomechanics, ISB

1983-ongoing

Corresponding Fellow, AAPHE

1983-1985

President, International Society of Biomechanics, ISB

1984

Sports Medicine, All Star Team, Runner's World

1984-2003

Appointed member, IOC Medical Commission, Subcommission Biomech. and Physiology

1986

Michael Jäger Award German-Austrian-Swiss Soc. Orth. & Sports Traumatology, GOTS, Munich

1989

Wartenweiler Memorial Lecturer, ISB Congress, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

1989

Clinical Biomechanics Award, ISB Congress, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA: (Morlock and Nigg)

1991

Winner of the Novel Award, Vienna, Austria. (Nigg and Cole)

1992

Nathaniel Gould Foot and Ankle Lecturer, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

1993

Winner of the Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Award

1993-ongoing

Appointed member of "The Club of Cologne"

1993

Distinguished Service Award United States Tennis Court and Track Builders Association

1994-2003

Chair: Selection Committee IOC-Olympic Prize, a 500,000 $US research award

1995

Clinical Biom. Award, ISB Conf. Jyväskylä, Finland (Cole, Nigg, Gerritsen, van den Bogert)

1997

Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Kinesiology

1997

Plenary Session Lecturer. World Congress of Biomechanics, Sapporo, Japan

1998

Fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering

1998

Charter Member and co-chair: Olympic Academy of Science

1998  

Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Kinesiology (Honorable Mention)

1999  

Guest of Honour German-Austrian-Swiss Soc. Orth. & Sports Traumatology, GOTS, Munich

1999

The Wood Distinguished Lecturer in Joint Injury Research, Calgary, Canada

2000

Novel Millennium Award, Munich (Nurse & Nigg)

2000

VP Research Award, University of Calgary

2002

Elected Fellow: Canadian Society for Biomechanics

2002

Career Award: Canadian Society for Biomechanics

2002

Honorary Member, Canadian Chiropractic Association

2003

Award of Excellence in Research, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

2003

University Professorship Award, University of Calgary

2003

Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, University of Calgary

2003

Special Achievement Award – Health and Wellness, University of Calgary

2003

Elected Corresponding Fellow: Swiss Academy of Medical Science

2003-ongoing

Appointed member, IOC Medical Commission, Subcommission Science and Medicine

2004

Geoffrey Dyson Award, International Society of Biomechanics in Sports

2004

Dr.h.c., Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Salzburg, Austria

2005

Honorary Fellowship ISBS (Int. Soc. Sports Biomechanics)

2005

Honorary Membership ISB (Int. Soc. Biomechanics)

2007

Jim Hay Memorial Award, ASB, Stanford, California

2007

Young Investigator Award, hon. mentioning, 4th ICSS Congress, St. Christoph, Austria (Federolf)

2007

Young Investigator Award 2nd place, GOTS Munich, Germany (Jason Cheung)

2007

Honorary Professorship, Shanghai University of Sport

2008

Dr.h.c., Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Innsbruck, Austria

2009-ongoing

Appointed member Board of Management of the Alberta Economic Development Authority (AEDA)

2011

Inducted into The Calgary Marathon Society Hall of Fame

2013

Muybridge Medal, for Outstanding Achievements in Biomechanics, International Society of Biomechanics

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, IOC Medical & Science Commission
Chair, Selection Committee, IOC Olympic Prize
Member, Int. Soc. Biomechanics
Member, Can. Soc. Biomechanics
Member, Am. Soc. Biomechanics
Member, Am. College of Sports Medicine
Member, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering
Member, Olympic Academy of Science
Member, Swiss Academy of Medical Science
Honuorary Member, Canadian Chiropractic Association

 

PUBLICATIONS

More than 360 publications in scientific journals. Author and/or editor of ten books.

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees

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