American Nobel Prize 2010 for Chemistry Richard Heck lives in the Philippines

By on Oct 7, 2010 in Science, World Comments

American scientist Richard Heck who was among the Nobel Prize 2010 winners for Chemistry lives in the Philippines, as reported in GMA News today.

Richard Heck was joined by two Japanese scientists Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki won as the Nobel Prize 2010 winners for Chemistry, as announced yesterday.

The three scientists was said to be responsible for the development of palladium-catalyzed cross coupling, which has allowed to make medicines and better electronics.

Heck, now 79, lives in Quezon City, Philippines for a long time, with his wife Socorro; where he was said to be keeping an orchid garden and tends to pet birds.

Richard Heck, who was born in 1931 in Springfield, Massachusetts, got his degree in bachelor of sciences and his doctorate at the University of California Los Angeles.

He was said to have worked for Hercules, an American chemical company, until he began teaching at the University of Delaware in 1971.

The professor retired in 1989, and moved to the Philippines with his wife.

While Heck said he has no plans to have a big celebration, he is scheduled to deliver his Nobel lecture at the Aula Magna, Stockholm University, this coming December 8.

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