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A Swiss chemist and a French physicist were awarded the 1991 Nobel Prizes in their fields Wednesday, the first time since 1971 that Americans have been shut out from the two prestigious awards. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes of the College de France in Paris received the physics award for his studies of the behavior of a wide range of materials, particularly the "liquid crystals" that are commonly used in the displays of calculators and watches. Richard R.
October 9, 2013 | Geoffrey Mohan
USC chemistry professor Arieh Warshel can thank curiosity and weak computers for the Nobel prize in chemistry he won Wednesday. To figure out the blazingly fast chemical ballet performed by the body's proteins, Warshel had to form questions that could easily be handled by the limited power of computers developed in the 1970s. He kept his method simple even as computers - and his field of computational chemistry -  evolved. At 2 a.m. Wednesday, it paid off with a long-distance call from Stockholm and a voice telling him he would share science's top honor with Michael Levitt of Stanford and Martin Karplus of Harvard.
October 13, 1999 | K.C. COLE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Caltech chemist Ahmed H. Zewail won the Nobel Prize for chemistry Tuesday for finding a way to freeze-frame the private matings of molecules using ultra-fast laser probes, a technique with the potential to revolutionize everything from dentistry to microelectronics.
August 27, 2006
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August 22, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Jim Sturgess first met Anne Hathaway at what is known in Hollywood as a chemistry read, an audition to test two actors' shared magnetism. Hathaway had already been cast as Emma Morley, the bookish protagonist of the English love story "One Day," and Sturgess had made it through two rounds of auditions for the part of Dexter Mayhew, Emma's roguish best friend and the object of nearly two decades of her longing. "It's kind of weird to meet for the first time," said Sturgess, who turned up for an early August interview in Beverly Hills with two days' worth of stubble and a garment bag slung over his shoulder.
December 5, 1995 | TIM MAY
Mission College chemistry students have begun what they hope will become an annual Christmas tradition: building a "chemist-tree." The tree, which was unveiled Monday night in the college's north atrium, is decorated with test tubes, beakers and flasks filled with green and red liquids. The top of the tree is decorated with a model of atomic orbitals.
January 9, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev graciously accepted the "favorite on-screen chemistry" People's Choice Award with a high-five, a kiss and a laugh despite having broken up off-screen.  "The Vampire Diaries" costars, who play star-crossed vampires Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert on the CW series, announced their split in May after three years of dating, thus dashing the hopes of Team Delena. The pair took their relationship public in 2011 and are said to be "consummate professionals" who "will continue to work together and remain best friends, which is where the relationship started," a source told Us Magazine at the time.
June 26, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Physical chemist Norman R. Davidson of Caltech last week was named the winner of the 1989 Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry. The award, which carries a $225,000 prize, is considered one of the most prestigious in chemistry. Davidson used the techniques of physical chemistry to devise new ways to visualize, isolate, and manipulate segments of DNA, the genetic blueprint of life. In particular, he and his students devised a technique for attaching labels to individual chemicals in DNA so they could be viewed under a microscope.
March 20, 1998
Sir Derek H.R. Barton, 79, who won the 1969 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Barton was honored as a Nobel laureate for his research on conformational chemistry, which changed the two-dimensional view of chemical structure by adding a third dimension. The research altered the way chemists think about the shape and reactivity of molecules. Barton, the author of more than 1,000 research articles, was a professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, where he worked on reactions involving the oxidation of hydrocarbons.
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