Dr. Ei-ichi Negishi was a scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work, which paved the way for new medicines and OLED televisions.
- Died: June 6, 2021 (Who else died on June 6?)
- Details of death: Died at a hospital in Indianapolis at the age of 85.
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“Great art in a test tube”
Negishi shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other scientists, all of whom worked to create new organic molecules by linking carbon atoms in a technique known as palladium-catalyzed cross coupling. Negishi spent decades working on the technology, which has been used to make drugs including naproxen. It is also key to the OLED technology that has improved television and computer screens. The Nobel committee called his work “great art in a test tube.” A native of China who was raised in Japan, Negishi studied in the U.S. and spent many years teaching at Purdue University.
“I, myself, believe that my mission is probably halfway through. But, I don’t think that I have the time for the other half.” —from a 2010 interview for NobelPrize.org
Tributes to Ei-ichi Negishi
Full obituary: The Washington Post