On 16 October 1991 Richard Ernst was on a flight from Moscow to New York when the flight’s captain came over to deliver some news. Ernst had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
“Then I had to go to the cockpit. I was speaking with Swiss radio, with my family… It was quite interesting!” Ernst said.
Ernst was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contributions to the development of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.