Story: MacDiarmid, Alan Graham

MacDiarmid’s Nobel Prize certificate

Alan MacDiarmid received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry from the King of Sweden in 2000. His certificate is pictured here. MacDiarmid won the prize with Pennsylvania University physicist Professor Alan Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. They had shown that some plastics could be made to conduct electricity by incorporating impurities.

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J. C. Beaglehole Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library
Reference: Acc. 2011.004
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Paul Callaghan. 'MacDiarmid, Alan Graham', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2011. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)