Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, British-born J Fraser Stoddart and Dutch scientist Bernard Feringa won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing molecular machines.
The laureates share the 8 million kronor ($930,000) prize for the “design and synthesis” of molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.
Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing the world’s smallest machines, work that could revolutionize computer technology and lead to a new type of battery.
Sauvage, 71, is professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg and director of research emeritus at France’s National Center for Scientific Research. His wife, reached by telephone, was choking back tears.
The British-born Stoddart, 74, who lives in Evanston, was one of three scientists awarded the prize. The three, including Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Dutch scientist Bernard “Ben” Feringa won for developing minuscule machines at the molecular level.
Feringa, 65, is a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.