LCF Woman Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Photo courtesy Caltech La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, a chemical engineering professor at Caltech, shares this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and is the fifth woman to have earned the prize.
Photo courtesy Caltech
La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, a chemical engineering professor at Caltech, shares this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and is the fifth woman to have earned the prize.

Caltech chemical engineering professor and La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold has won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, her institution’s first female recipient in that category.
Arnold is credited with half of the prize, with the other half split between George Smith at the University of Missouri and Gregory Winter at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the U.K. She was awarded, according to the Nobel Committee, for “the directed evolution of enzymes,” a process she pioneered during the 1990s and continues to improve today even after its wide implementation. Continue reading “LCF Woman Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry”