Chemistry Nobel awarded – for development of nanoscopy (super-resolved fluorescence microscopy)

UPDATE! Well the award has gone to the development of optical microscopy beyond the limits of what was thought possible.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 to

Eric Betzig
Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA, USA,

Stefan W. Hell
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, and German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany


William E. Moerner
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

“for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”

From microscopy to nanoscopy.

Limits of microscopy – npl

All chemistry is physics of course. And so is medicine. Even if chemistry needs a separate language it is still the fundamental forces of physics which govern chemistry (and medicine and biology). But physics ultimately has to invoke “magic” to explain the fundamental forces of the physical world.

It is the turn of chemistry at the Nobels today.

While the predictions of organic LED’s being recognised are now probably ruled out after the blue LED recognition for physics yesterday, it could still be for discoveries which are leading to the creation of new materials.

Or , as I thought might happen last year, it could be Svante Pääbo and others who have developed the techniques for the extraction of DNA from ancient remains.

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2 Responses to “Chemistry Nobel awarded – for development of nanoscopy (super-resolved fluorescence microscopy)”

  1. magnocrat Says:

    Chemists take the fundamental laws for granted their interest lies in molecules large and small. Physists spend much of their time in pointless debate about the impenitrable. Will the new big collider find the next antibiotics urgently needed?
    The importance of science lies in its sensible application to real issues.
    So lets stop gazing into infinity and hunting for the infinitely small and apply time and money to what matters.

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