Remembering the Nobel laureates we lost in 2016

Chemistry hasn’t lost four of its Nobel Prize winners in a single year since 1971

C&EN Staff

Walter Kohn

March 9, 1923 – April 19, 2016

Winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his development of the density-functional theory.”

“Walter was an internationally regarded colleague, scholar, mentor, and role model.”Henry T. Yang, University of California, Santa Barbara

Credit: UC Santa Barbara

Harold W. Kroto

October 7, 1939 – April 30, 2016

Winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the “discovery of fullerenes.”

“Harry very much became the embodiment of the hopes of Alfred Nobel, with a better, more peaceful world being brought about through the dissemination of science.”Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, Florida State University

Credit: Florida State University


Roger Y. Tsien

Feb. 1, 1952 – Aug. 24, 2016

Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP.”

“He was an inspiration for how to do science: to be constantly curious, to never stop exploring, and most important, to appreciate the beauty of science.”Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder

Credit: UC San Diego Health

Ahmed H. Zewail

Feb. 26, 1946 – Aug. 2, 2016

Winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy”

“Ahmed Zewail was an extraordinary scientist who cared about the world and making a contribution to society as an Egyptian and as an American.”Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology

Credit: Mitch Jacoby/C&EN


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