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Israeli scientist wins Nobel chemistry prize

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The 2011 Nobel prize for chemistry has been awarded to Israeli scientist Daniel Schechtman for his “discovery of quasicrystals.”

Schechtman, a professor at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, made his discovery in 1982 that the atoms in a crystal could be packed in a pattern that could not be repeated.

The jury said his work changed the way chemists look at solid matter. Professor Schechtman will receive a prize of just over million euros.