Announcement of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki, presented by Professor Staffan Normark, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, on 6 October 2010.
The Nobel Laureates’ work was presented in more detail by Professors Lars Thelander and Jan-Erling Bäckvall.
Following the announcement Lars Thelander, Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, told senior editor Simon Frantz how the reactions developed and refined by the three Nobel Laureates became an essential tool, which allowed chemists to construct complex organic molecules, such as drugs and agrochemicals, from scratch.
Their work and discoveries range from cancer therapy and laser physics to developing proteins that can solve humankind’s chemical problems. The work of the 2018 Nobel Laureates also included combating war crimes, as well as integrating innovation and climate with economic growth. Find out more.