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Watch Live: Announcement of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

5 October 2016  •  Author: Niamh Louise Marriott, Digital Content Producer

Live update 11:27 GMT

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been jointly awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”.

The Laureates have conceived machines that are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair. “They have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added”, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement awarding the 8 million Swedish krona, to be shared equally between the Laureates.

Jean-Pierre Sauvage (born 1944 in Paris, France) is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Strasbourg and Director of Research Emeritus at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France.

Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (born 1942 in Edinburgh, UK) is currently Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. Bernard L. Feringa (born 1951 in Barger-Compascuum, the Netherlands) is currently Professor in Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Click the video to watch the results live from the Nobel Prize Announcements in Chemistry 2016!

Did You Know?

107 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry have been awarded between 1901 and 2015.
63 Chemistry Prizes have been given to one Laureate only.
4 women have been awarded the Chemistry Prize so far.
1 person, Frederick Sanger, has been awarded the Chemistry Prize twice, in 1958 and in 1980.
35 years was the age of the youngest Chemistry Laureate ever, Frédéric Joliot, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1935.
85 years was the age of the oldest Chemistry Laureate, John B. Fenn, when he was awarded the Chemistry Prize in 2002.
58 is the average age of the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry the year they were awarded the prize.

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