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.
Dreaming of Prize"I was dreaming about this prize half a century ago," he said by phone to the Nobel news conference. "When I came to America and when I encountered several Nobel laureates coming to UPenn in Philadelphia, I realized it's not a story but it's a reality, and it can happen to anyone including myself."
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
Dreaming of Prize
Honoring Ei-ichi Negishi
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