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John Fenn Wins Nobel Prize for Technique to Analyze Biologic Macromolecules

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John B. Fenn, PhD

On October 9, 2002, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm announced that John B. Fenn, PhD, a research professor in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), is one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Dr. Fenn shares half of the prize with Koichi Tanaka of Shimadzu Corporation in Kyoto, Japan. Fenn is cited for his electrospray ionization technique, which allows for the identification and structure analysis of biologic macromolecules. The other half of the prize goes to Kurt Wüthrich, PhD, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland, and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. …

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