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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two Americans, a German win 2014 Nobel prize for chemistry (super-resolved fluorescence microscopy)

Two US and one German scientist win Nobels for opening a window into the nanoworld with their development of ‘super-resolved fluorescence microscopy’

Eric Betzig, of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and William E Moerner, of Stanford University, in the US and Stefan W Hell, of the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany, won for circumventing limitations on optical microscopy.

The Nobel assembly, which awards the prize, said: “For a long time optical microscopy was held back by a presumed limitation: that it would never obtain a better resolution than half the wavelength of light. Helped by fluorescent molecules, the Nobel laureates in chemistry 2014 ingeniously circumvented this limitation. Their groundbreaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension.”