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‘Tiny machines’ scientists win chemistry Nobel

Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for their work developing tiny machines at the molecular level, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

The academy said the trio’s research designing and synthesizing molecular machines “will most likely be used in the development of things such as new materials, sensors and energy storage systems.”
Frenchman Sauvage, 71, is a professor at the University of Strasbourg and director of research emeritus at France’s National Center for Scientific Research. Briton Stoddart, 74, is a chemistry professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Feringa, 65, from the Netherlands, is a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Groningen. They will share prize worth $930,000.

Three British-born scientists won the physics prize on Tuesday and a Japanese scientist was honored for medicine on Monday. The peace laureate will be announced Friday and the economics and literature awards next week.

The prizes will be handed out at ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo on Dec. 10.

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