Before dawn on Tuesday, deputies from the Ogle County sheriff’s office south of Rockford responded to a report of a man wandering on a rural stretch of a nearby state road. The 82-year-old man law enforcement found on foot was dehydrated and confused.
As he was transported to a hospital for treatment, authorities did not realize that he was half of an Indiana couple reported missing the night before.
They also did not know that he was one of the brightest chemistry minds on the planet.
In 2010, Ei-ichi Negishi, a professor of organic chemistry at Purdue University, was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry, the top honor for a lifetime of scientific work. The prize was...