Purdue Nobel Prize-winning professor honored with bronze bust

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A spitting image of Nobel Prize winner and Purdue professor Ei-ichi Negishi was unveiled on Purdue’s campus Friday afternoon.

Hundreds of students and fellow professors turned out to see the bronze bust of Negishi outside Wetherill Lab. Negishi won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2010 for a technique that links carbon atoms.

The bust was made by Rick and Rita Hadley, who also created the “Block P” sculpture on campus. The two Otterbein based artists said they started on the project about a year ago after meeting with Negishi. Production of the bust took about 8 weeks.

Negishi said the honor is among the tops for him. He says after thirty years between his and Herbert C. Brown’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, he hopes the department can bring home another award soon.

“A few years ago I said after my professor won a Nobel Prize in 1979 there has been almost thirty years (since the last winner). The thirty year interval is too long,” said Negishi.

The bust will join one of professor Brown’s in the lobby of the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry after renovations to the building this summer.

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