CHEMISTRY: Lives of Spirit and Dedication

The world pays tribute to eleven who stirred emotions and laid foundations CHEMISTRY

The call came to Boston Dentist James Hirshberg at 8:30 last Wednesday morning. It was from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, saying he had won the Nobel Prize. But no, they had the wrong number. Then a radio station telephoned to congratulate Georgene Herschbach, a Harvard assistant dean. This was a mistake too, but at least the station was warm: she ran across the campus to her husband's office. So it was that Dudley R. Herschbach, 54, learned he would share this year's chemistry prize with his onetime collaborator, Yuan T. Lee, 49, of the University of California, Berkeley, and...

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