Stockholm: Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman Wednesday won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Daniel Shechtman, from Israel Institute of Technology, was honoured "for the discovery of quasicrystals," said Staffan Normark, permanent secretary of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Xinhua reported.
This was the third of this year`s crop of Nobel prizes, which are handed out annually for achievements in science, literature, economics and peace.
All but one of the prizes were established in the will of 19th century dynamite millionaire Alfred Nobel. The economics award was set up by Sweden`s central bank in 1968.
On Tuesday, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess, all American citizens, while Schmidt is also an Australian citizen.
Nobel dedicated his vast fortune to create prizes for those who have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.
Each prize consists of a medal, a personal diploma and a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.46 million).
First Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 16:54