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Encyclopedia > John B. Fenn

Dr. John B. Fenn (born June 15, 1917) is a research professor of analytical chemistry who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002. Fenn won the award for his work in the field of mass spectrometry, specifically for the electrospray ionization technique often used to identify and analyze biological macromolecules.


Fenn's discovery quickly produced broad practical benefits. For example, it rapidly increased the speed with which complex new pharmaceutical compounds could be evaluated, leading directly to the development of life-saving AIDS medications (protease inhibitors) in the mid-1990s.


Fenn received an A.B. from Berea College, and a Ph.D. from Yale University. He made his Nobel Prize-winning discovery when he was 70 years old.


Fenn joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994 as professor of analytical chemistry, after more than 20 years at Yale University.


External link

  • Autobiography Nobel Prize Website (http://www.nobel.se/chemistry/laureates/2002/fenn-autobio.html)

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John Fenn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (216 words)
John B. Fenn (born June 15, 1917 in New York City) is a research professor of analytical chemistry who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002.
Fenn won the award for his work in the field of mass spectrometry, specifically for the electrospray ionization technique often used to identify and analyze biological macromolecules.
The patent rights to electrospray ionization became the subject of a legal case between Yale University and Fenn, and on February 8, 2005 Yale was awarded over one million dollars and partial patent rights to the technique.
Berea College - Public Relations (523 words)
John B. Fenn, a Berea College graduate, is one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
John B. Fenn, a Berea College graduate, is one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in developing methods that allow scientists to more accurately identify substances that contain large biological molecules.
Fenn's ESI technique is used by many scientists to determine the mass of larger biological molecules, such as proteins, in order to identify the contents of a given sample.
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