John B. Fenn is the chemist
who invented the electrospray method. Today it
is used in laboratories all over the world.
Fenn has worked mainly as Professor of
Chemistry at Yale University, USA, and at
Virginia Commonwealth University,
Koichi Tanaka worked as a
engineer at Shimadzu Corp. in Kyoto,
Japan when he was telephoned by the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm: you
have been awarded the Nobel Prize! Tanaka's
idea was to use the energy from laser light,
ingeniously transferred to the proteins, to get
them to let go of one another and hover freely.