Midlothian man’s Nobel Prize

Sir Fraser Stoddart
Sir Fraser Stoddart

A Midlothian man was part of the trio of scientists that picked up a prestigious Nobel Prize for their work in chemistry.

Sir Fraser Stoddart (74), grew up at Edgelaw Farm and attended primary school in Carrington.

Now based at Northwestern University in Illinois, Sir Fraser was named joint winner of the award in recognition of his work on tiny motors too small to see with the naked eye, along with Professor Jean-Pierre Sauvage from the University of Strasbourg and Professor Bernard Feringa from the University of Groningen. The three men played pivotal roles in overcoming the huge challenge of building controllable microscopic machines incorporating atomic-scale rods, rotors and ratchets. Each scientist will receive an equal share of the £733,000 prize money.

Speaking from the Nobel Foundation, Sir Fraser said his two daughters were “thrilled to bits”, and praised his fellow laureates, saying he held them in “very high regard”.

He said: “We have worked very closely together. There’s so much to be had from bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds, and the amazing thing is that when you put them in a research laboratory they work like sisters and brothers.

“Diversity really does enrich the process of discovery and invention.”