Andre Geim – Nobelist and Ig Nobelist
The Newscripts gang usually prefers to leave the tough work of reporting the Nobel Prizes to those early risers in C&EN’s Scitek group. But we were delighted to learn this morning (after sleeping in, of course) that physicist Andre Geim, of England’s University of Manchester, has become the first person to win both a Nobel Prize (Physics 2010) and an Ig Nobel Prize (Physics 2000).
While Geim’s Nobel-worthy work exfoliating graphite into graphene with the help of a little Scotch tape has given rise to a new area of research, his Ig Nobel work with magnets gave rise–quite literally–to a frog. Enjoy!