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Israeli Awarded 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for Discovering Quasicrystals

8:44 AM MDT | October 5, 2011 | Alex Scott

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has chosen to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2011 to Daniel Shechtman, 70, from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals. Quasicrystals are regular patterns at the atomic level that never repeat themselves. His discovery “fundamentally altered how chemists conceive solid matter,” the academy says.   The configuration Shechtman discovered in quasicrystals was at the time considered impossible, and he had to battle against established scientific...

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