UC Berkeley recipients of the Noble Prize will not be receiving the awards from the King as usual.
12/09/20 6:22am (The Berkeley Post) - BERKEKEY, Ca. - The King of Sweden, for the first time since WWII, will not be handing out medals or diplomas to this years winners of the Nobel Prize.
Biochemist Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 NobelPrize in Chemistry, with her colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier, for the co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a revolutionary gene-editing tool that allows scientists to rewrite DNA.
COVID-19 has forced the Nobel Committees to deliver the medals to winners homes, with just immediate family and consular or embassy officials in attendance.
The downside is that winners and their families and colleagues will forego the ceremony, including concerts and parties. The upside is that the entire world can participate this year via streaming video. Berkeley is proud to have more winners again this year.
Council-member Bartlett says, “I’m proud of UC Berkeley for producing Nobel prize winners. Berkekey is proud to have UCB in our city.”