Israel’s Daniel Shechtman wins 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 5, 2011

By Asaf Shtull-Trauring, Haaretz and Reuters

Daniel Shechtman celebrates his Nobel Prize award with his family, at the Technion in Haifa, October 5, 2011. Photo: Haaretz and Yaron Kaminsky.

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman is the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry, the award panel for the prestigious prize announced Wednesday. He was awarded the prize for his discovery of patterns in atoms called quasicrystals, a chemical structure that researchers previously thought was impossible.

Tel Aviv-born Shechtman, 70, is a professor at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, as well as an Associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and a professor at Iowa State University.

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