He offered his eye to science and won two Nobel Prizes... Who is Barry Sharpless?

5 October, 2022
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He offered his eye to science and won two Nobel Prizes... Who is Barry Sharpless?

The American researcher in chemistry, Barry Sharpless, was crowned for the second time, the "Nobel" prize for chemistry, after he sacrificed a lot for his research, losing one eye, while he was performing his experiments in the laboratory.

According to the Swedish Academy, Sharpless, who is 81, is the fifth person to be crowned twice, since the prestigious Nobel Prize was launched in 1901.

The American scientist was rewarded with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, along with other researchers, Caroline Bertozzi and Morten Meldahl, in recognition of what has been accomplished in the scientific discipline known as "click chemistry".

At the beginning of his scientific career, Sharpless intended to study medicine, but one of his professors convinced him to specialize in chemistry, and that is what he did, and he obtained a doctorate in organic chemistry in 1968. Sharpless spent more than half a century doing research and teaching at prestigious American universities and institutes such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1970, the researcher lost one of his eyes, during an accident in the laboratory, due to the explosion of a "NMR" tube, and at that time he had only joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a while ago.

Since then, the American researcher has always stressed that the researcher must wear safety glasses while performing his experiments and research in the laboratory, at all times, because he was wearing them on the day of the injury, but he removed them at a later time, and then the abomination happened. Sharpless talked about the accident and said that he spent days with his eyes under bandages, and was very worried that he would be completely blind and lose sight, but he was lucky that he lost the left and his right eye remained intact.

But the accident that blinded one of the researcher’s eyes, was not to discourage him, so he proceeded on his glowing path, until he was awarded the Nobel Prize for the first time in 2001, then won the award for the second time in October 2022.


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