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Northwestern University professor wins Nobel Prize in chemistry

Northwestern University professor wins Nobel Prize in chemistry

Northwestern University professor Fraser Stoddart was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday, a culmination of the university's longtime effort to become a leader in nanotechnology.

Stoddart shared the prize with two other scientists for figuring out how to develop the world's tiniest machines — built at what is called the molecular level — which scientists hope could someday lead to advancements in lifesaving technology.

Stoddart said he was awakened in his Evanston home at 4 a.m. Wednesday, after three hours of sleep, by a phone call that he initially thought was a hoax. Then he detected a Swedish accent in the voice of the English-speaking caller,...

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