Director-General applauds 2011 Nobel Chemistry Prize-winner Daniel Shechtman
The Director-General today congratulated Daniel Shechtman (Israel) for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, in recognition of his ground-breaking work on quasicrystals, matter constituted by regular patterns that never repeat themselves.
“As UNESCO celebrates the International Year of Chemistry, I wish to congratulate Daniel Shechtman, whose discovery of quasicrystals has enriched our understanding of the world we live in and improved our ability to interact with it. I also wish to commend Daniel’s courage and tenacity in defence of scientific truth.”
In 1982 Shechtman saw an image on his electron microscope that reflected a configuration of atoms long considered impossible. He had to fight against the scientific establishment to get his discovery accepted. In due course, his battle forced scientists to reconsider their conception of the very nature of matter.
Born in 1941 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Daniel Shechtman obtained his Ph.D. in 1972 from the Technion Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel, where he holds the title of Distinguished Professor, The Philip Tobias Chair.