American Richard Heck and his Filipino wife Socorro, kiss during an interview with the Associated Press at their residence at Manila’s Quezon city in the Philippines shortly after The Royal Academy of Sciences announced in Sweden he won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Wednesday Oct.6, 2010. Heck, a long-time resident in the Philippines and married to a Filipino, and Japanese researchers Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki won the Nobel Prize for developing a chemical method that has allowed scientists to test cancer drugs and make thinner computer screens. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
WASHINGTON - US professor Richard Heck said Wednesday he was thrilled to receive the Nobel prize for chemistry but acknowledged the discovery he made was now well beyond him as companies and labs harness its uses, often in secret.
“I’m very pleased to receive the prize,” Heck, an emeritus professor at the University of Delaware, told AFP when reached by telephone in the Philippines, where he said dozens of people had gathered to congratulate him.
“It’s always been in the back of my mind,” he said. “People have told me it was worthy of a Nobel prize, so I wasn’t totally surprised, but yes I was very happy to get it.”
Heck, 79, is among three professors sharing the 2010 Nobel prize for the development of a chemical reaction that bears his name — a sophisticated tool that has helped revolutionize several industries. [Agence France-Presse/ABS-CBN News]