Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Richard F. Heck, Suzuki and Negishi

October 6th, 2010 - 10:59 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

This year’s Noble Prize in chemistry has been won by three scientists, one American and two Japanese. The prize was handed to them for their work on simplifying carbon molecules to help in the manufacture of medicines.

Richard F. Heck, 79 years of the Delaware University, Akira Suzuki, 80 years of the Tokyo-based Hokkaido University and EL-Inchi Negishi, 75 years of Purdue University in Indiana were given 10 million Kronor as the Prize money for their work according to a press conference in Stockholm by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences today.

The award was for specifically finding better ways to link carbon atoms together to create sophisticated molecules that helps increased the standards of our everyday lives in areas such as manufacturing of medical drug and more sophisticated electronics.

David Phillips, president of the Royal Chemistry Society stated that the metal-based coupling reactions, which were created by the 3 scientists, have resulted in major improvements in our everyday lives.

Negishi slept late last night and was in dreamland when he received the call about their Noble Prize win. He stated that he had been inspired by that prize for over 50 years, ever since he moved to the US in 1960.

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