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Chemistry Nobel prize winner thought call was a "hoax"

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:35

Northwestern University Chemistry professor J. Fraser Stoddart says he initially worried that he was the victim of a hoax after receiving the early morning call notifying him that he and two other scientists had won the 2016 Nobel Prize for chemistry. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) J. Fraser Stoddart said on Wednesday receiving the call from the Nobel committee alerting him that he and two others chemists had won the 2016 Noble prize for Chemistry was "something of a shock." Stoddart, a native of Scotland, won with Jean-Pierre Sauvage of France and Bernard Feringa of the Netherlands for their work developing molecular machines that could one day be injected to fight cancer. Stoddart admitted he initially thought he was being pranked. "When it happens to you, you always think could it be a hoax. My first response was to tune my ear and then I could hear English being spoken with a Swedish accent and that sort of left me as it were, prepared for more to come," Stoddart said. He told the crowd that his name had been in consideration for the prize for so many years, he had given up thinking he might win. Sauvage, Stoddart and Feringa developed molecules that produce mechanical motion in response to a stimulus, allowing them to perform specific tasks, the Nobel Academy said on Wednesday in awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($931,000) prize. Such molecular machines can be developed in smart medicines that seek out disease or damage and deliver drugs to fight or fix it, and in smart materials that can adapt in response to external triggers such as changes in light or temperature.

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Chemistry Nobel prize winner thought call was a "hoax"

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:35