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Nobel recognizes three for handy chemistry

The 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, announced Oct. 10, honors research that led to

new chemicals, materials, and drugs, including widely used heart medicines and the

Parkinson's disease treatment L-dopa.

Three chemists from different institutions share the $943,000 award. William S.

Knowles, retired from Monsanto in St. Louis, and Ryoji Noyori of Nagoya University

in Japan each win a quarter of the prize. K. Barry Sharpless of the Scripps

Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., receives the other half.

The award this year highlights research to control reactions that otherwise

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