Nobel laureate supported by the SNSF since 1989
The Nobel Prize for chemistry 2017 has been awarded to Jacques Dubochet, a longstanding grantee of the Swiss National Science Foundation. All in all, the SNSF has funded ten projects for the prizewinner since 1989.
"Fantastic news!" The words of Matthias Egger, president of the SNSF, on hearing of the Nobel Committee's decision. "This award is the best argument for independent and international basic research in Switzerland."
This is the first Nobel Prize to be awarded to a Swiss researcher since 2002. At a press conference in Lausanne, Jacques Dubochet expressed his great esteem for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, adding: "I didn't do it on my own, it was a group effort."
"I'm thrilled that the original developers and drivers of biological electron cryo-microscopy were honoured with the Nobel Prize,” said Kaspar Locher, member of the SNSF Research Council from the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics at ETH Zurich. This method has revolutionised structural biology and, given the impact, will revolutionise cell biology as well. Thanks to the advances by Dubochet, Frank, and Henderson (and others in the field), cellular structures and macromolecules can now be imaged at stunning precision. The applications are multifold, and they are due to basic research advances that drove technology."