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Two Americans, one German receive 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

As the Nobel Laureates take centre stage in Stockholm and Oslo on Wednesday to receive their Nobel awards, US scientists Eric Betzig,William Moerner and German scientist Stefan W Hell received their Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014.

Updated: Dec 11, 2014, 00:31 AM IST
Two Americans, one German receive 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Stockholm: As the Nobel Laureates take centre stage in Stockholm and Oslo on Wednesday to receive their Nobel awards, US scientists Eric Betzig,William Moerner and German scientist Stefan W Hell received their Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014.

The trio were awarded for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

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.

The Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2014, helped by fluorescent molecules, ingeniously besieged this limitation. Thus, their ground-breaking work has brought optical microscopy into the nanodimension, said the Nobel committee.

Today, nanoscopy is used world-wide and new knowledge is of greatest benefit to mankind that is produced on a daily basis.