The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday to three chemists from the United States and Denmark who laid the groundwork for a more functional form of chemistry.
The judges stated that Dane Morten Meldall and Americans Carolyn Bertozzi and Barry Sharpless were awarded the prize “for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.”
Sharpless, 81, who won the chemistry Nobel Prize in 2001, now receives his second prize.
This feat has only been accomplished by four other people, including Marie Curie, a Polish-born Frenchwoman.
The jury stated in a statement that click chemistry “is an elegant and efficient chemical reaction that is widely used today.”
He continued, “It has been used in the development of drugs, DNA mapping, and the creation of materials that are better fit for purpose, among many other uses.”
At a formal ceremony on December 10 in Stockholm, the trio will receive the Nobel Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf and share the total prize of 10 million Swedish kronor, or $917,500.making his last will a reality.
Benjamin List of Germany and David McMillan, a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom, were given awards by the Academy last year for creating precise instruments for the creation of molecules known as asymmetric organocatalysts.
Svante Paavo, a Swedish paleogeneticist, received the medical prize on Monday for his discoveries regarding human evolution and the genome of an extinct hominid.
An experimental tool has been developed by French physicist Alain Aspect, American John Krauser, and Austrian Anton Selinger to help demonstrate quantum entanglement, a phenomenon that Albert Einstein referred to as a “distant and macabre effect.”
On Thursday and Friday, respectively, the prestigious Literature and Peace Prizes will be announced following the Chemistry Awards.
This year’s peace prize is expected to have greater significance due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.