Hans Ellegren, the secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, made the official announcement of the award in Stockholm. The academy unintentionally leaked the names of the winners in an early morning press release that was sent out in error.
Each Nobel Prize carries a cash award of 11 million Swedish kronor ($1 million). The funds are derived from a bequest left by Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor who established the prestigious accolade upon his passing in 1896.
In other Nobel Prize news, the physics prize was recently awarded to Anne L’Huillier, Pierre Agostini, and Ferenc Krausz for their remarkable feat of providing humanity with a fleeting glimpse into the lightning-fast realm of spinning electrons. The physics behind the split-second movement of electrons holds pivotal importance across an array of fields, from chemistry to physics to the inner workings of our bodies and technological devices.
Additionally, Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their pivotal contributions that made the development of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 possible.
The Nobel Prize in chemistry is yet another testament to the incredible achievements and impact of scientific breakthroughs that shape our world and improve the lives of people worldwide.