Two Japanese Professors and an American win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Two Japanese, Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi and Prof. Akira Suzuki, and one American, Prof. Richard F. Heck, have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of “palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis.”

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The news was cause for pride within Japan, leading to immediate television reports, newspaper special editions, and comments of praise to the winners from Prime Minister Naoto Kan on down.

Japanese news reports stated that the awards are the 17th and 18th Nobel prizes for Japanese citizens, and the 6th and 7th specifically in chemistry.