NIH Grantee Honored With 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Early prototype microscope built at NIH

National Institutes of Health grantee William E. Moerner of Stanford University in California shares the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on optical microscopy that has opened the understanding of molecules by allowing researchers to see how the molecules work close up. Dr. Moerner won the award jointly with Eric Betzig from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Virginia, and Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Heidelberg, Germany. NIH was also instrumental in the development of the first working model of Dr. Betzig’s microscope.

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