2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – LiveblogOctober 3rd, 2011
LIVEBLOG OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2011 NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY
T+00:40:00 — OK, I’m signing off. Time to wipe the tears from my eyes and take a nap.
T+00:38:00 — Incidentally, Sven Lidin is very well spoken and is doing an excellent job explaining what is interesting about quasicrystals and why the discovery is important. Given the esoteric nature of the subject, Lidin’s treatment is particularly valuable.
T+00:34:00 — I think (molecular) chemists are going to feel cheated here, but the argument that this subject isn’t chemistry is untenable. The subject also falls into physics and math, but there is definitely chemistry here.
T+00:27:00 — The winner of this year’s World Series is the San Francisco 49ers. Well, I’m sure quasicrystals are deserving. I mean, they sound interesting, but I really don’t know much about them. My class in materials chemistry in grad school never touched on them. Time for some reading…
T+00:22:00 — That’s it for the presser. No phoner.
T+00:20:00 — So….who’s excited about this one? Anyone? Bueller?
T+00:17:00 — Pointed question from the press about why other contributors were not recognized.
T+00:15:00 — The Committee can’t get Shechtman on the phone.
T+00:14:00 — Field bet paid off at 11-1. ChemBark’s string of success in chemistry predictions is snapped.
T+00:13:00 — Shechtman won the Wolf Prize in Physics in 1999 and is a Thomson Reuters citation laureate in physics.
T+00:10:00 — Crystallography never seemed so fun.
T+00:09:00 — Did I get that date right? Wikipedia is saying 1984.
T+00:06:00 — Discovery took place April 8th, 1982.
T+00:03:00 — Physics just paid us back for last year.
T+00:00:00 — Dan
iel Shechtman for quasicrystals
T–00:00:00 — Sven Lidin in da house!!! Inorganic?!
T–00:00:00 — Zero and holding. Here they come!!
T–00:00:00 — Nobel clock registers zeros. Where are they?
T–00:02:12 — I should have used the restroom 15 minutes ago.
T–00:03:13 — My heart is aflutter. Is this the year I finally win?
T–00:04:26 — No name tags at the podium yet.
T–00:07:00 — Pay careful attention to who walks in to explain the science. Might tip off the sub-discipline of the winner.
T–00:09:10 — TV feed is live. The press has gathered.
T–00:13:50 — I’ve tuned into the Webcast to enjoy the trance music.
T–03:22:00 — If you don’t like ChemBark, then don’t hit the “like” button on the ChemBark Facebook page.
T–03:39:00 — Please, please, please not structural biology.
T–18:53:00 — How accurate are the ChemBark community’s predictions? Well, the top 10 favorites on the 2007 list included the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 winners of the prize in chemistry as well as the 2009 winners in medicine.
T–23:22:00 — From the Nobel Web site, here’s the selection committee for 2011:
Lars Thelander (Chairman)
Professor Emeritus in Physiological Chemistry
Astrid Gräslund (Member, Secretary)
Professor of Biophysics
Jan-Erling Bäckvall (Member)
Professor of Organic Chemistry
Måns Ehrenberg (Member)
Professor of Molecular Biology
Sven Lidin (Member)
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
Who walks in the door to explain the science will be the first big clue about the winner.
T–23:43:00 — Swedish TV reporter to Schmidt: “You were one of the favorites on the betting lists. Were you expecting this call?” Hooray for betting lists.
T–23:57:00 — Does this mean Hawking won’t be winning any time soon?
T–24:00:00 — Cosmology and supernova dudes
T–24:01:30 — Tension building.
T–24:04:43 — Watching the live Web feed for the physics announcement. I’m glad the Foundation has kept their signature house-trance theme music.
T–27:22:00 — The Nobel site has the countdown clock started for physics: 3 hours and 22 minutes to go. Plenty of time for a trip to Jack in the Box.
T–29:36:00 — I’m terribly excited about this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry…so much so that I’m kicking off the liveblogging a day early. Anyway, there’s a good chance we can steal the physics prize again. Here is the time in Sweden.