The Conversation: Discussion with the 2020 Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry and Physics

Dec 28, 2020

125 years ago, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the Nobel Prize for contributions in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Peace that have made the greatest benefit to humankind. Today, we replay a broadcast with two women scientists with ties to Hawaii who received the prestigious award.

The Nobel Prize medal and diploma were presented to chemistry laureate Jennifer A. Doudna at her home in Berkeley
Credit Copyright Nobel Prize Outreach. Photo: Brittany Hosea-Small

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna is a genome editing pioneer. She is a University of California Berkeley professor and Hilo High graduate. She is a co-winer of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work with what's known as CRISPR technology.

Astroner Andrea Ghez is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and director of the UCLA Galactic Center Group. She's spent a quarter century studying the black hole - 20 of those years using at the W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea. She shares this year's Nobel Prize for Physics.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the two Nobel laureates received their awards at their respective homes in California. As in years past, the prize winners presented lectures on their work. Excerpts from both Ghez and Doudna are included in this broadcast.