Mexican chemist Eusebio Juaristi has been chosen for a Georg Forster Research Award, with its cash prize of 60,000 euros ($78,457) and a year of research in Germany, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation said Thursday.

The prize honors "one of the most innovative researchers in the field of organic chemistry," the foundation's communique said, while noting Juaristi's decades-long contributions to science.

Juaristi will do his year of research in Germany at the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University of Aachen.

Also in line for a Georg Forster Research Award are Turkish historian Selcuk Esenbel, South African mathematician Batmanathan Dayanand Reddy, and Nigerian biochemist Jonathan Andrew Nok.

The Georg Forster Research Awards, to be presented this year for the first time, are granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to prominent scientists from developing countries, and are funded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. EFE