Since 1968, the Gutenberg Society, together with the city of Mainz, has awarded the Gutenberg Prize of the International Gutenberg Society and the City of Mainz for outstanding artistic, technical and scientific achievements in the field of printing. The award was initially awarded every three years, since 1994 then in the annual change with the Gutenberg Prize of the city of Leipzig, which also honors outstanding book art achievements. The Gutenberg Prize is endowed with 10,000 euros.
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann (born on February 29, 1940 in Breslau) ) is a German librarian and has been president of the Goethe-Institut since April 2008. In 1988, Prof. Dr. Lehmann became director of the Deutsche Bibliothek in Frankfurt, the national library of West Germany. Following German reunification he merged the library with its East German counterpart in Leipzig; since 2006, the institution has been known as the German National Libary. From 1998 to 2007 he served as president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Trough his admirably work he was highly distinguished by the Gutenberg Award 2016.