The 2002 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Awarded for Work on Biological Macromolecules
Nobel Prize Winners
What Did They Do?
Education: University of Bern & University of Basel, Switzerland
Employment During Research: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland & Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California
Scientific Field: Chemistry & Biophysics
Fun Facts: Participated in USA Science and Engineering Festival's Lunch with a Laureate where middle and high school students talk with Nobel Prize winning researchers over a brown-bag lunch
Died: December 10, 2010, Richmond, Virginia
Education: Berea College, Yale University
Employment: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Scientific Field: Physical chemical methodology
Fun Facts: Fenn was 85 years old when awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
John Fenn and Koichi Tanaka's Contribution
John Fenn and Koichi Tanaka discovered methods of transforming these molecules into a more useful form that still keeps their properties intact for studying the molecules. Fenn did this by breaking molecules with strong electric charges and Tanaka did this by firing molecules with a laser.
Below is the machine that Fenn used to transform the molecules.