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Ei-ichi Negishi

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010
Nobel Co recipients Richard F. Heck, Akira Suzuki

Organic Chemist. Inventor of organozinc variant of the palladium catalyzed cross-coupling reaction. Read voraciously including "how to …" publications. Dreamt of Nobel half century prior to being awarded prize. Upon arriving in US and discovering Nobelists visiting UPenn, realized that being awarded the Nobel could happen to anybody including himself.

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Negishi said his work is only half over, and he plans to use the prize money to fulfill his research. "I'm interested in all organic molecules and synthesizing them in the best possible way," he said.

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Name: Ei-ichi Negishi
Birth: 14 July 1935, Changchun, China
Institution: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
Award: "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis"
Subject: organic chemistry
Portion of cash: 1/3
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