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This year's nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to the Humboldtian ProfessorJohn Anthony pople, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, and
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This year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to the Humboldtian Professor John Anthony Pople , Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Professor Walter Kohn , University of California at Santa Barbara, USA, together. As stated by the Nobel Prize Committee, they had done pioneering work in the development of methods, by which the properties of molecules and chemical reactions can be analysed on a theoretical basis. Thus, it has become possible to analyse chemical reactions in the ozone layer, the composition of substances in outer space and the interaction of proteins with other molecules. John Anthony Pople is a British citizen. He was born on October 31, 1925 in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. In 1964 he obtained his doctorate in Cambridge. After some research work at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, he went to the Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois, USA, in 1986, where he still works today. In 1992 he had already been awarded the Wolf Foundation Prize in Chemistry. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a non-profit making foundation under private law established by the Federal Republic of Germany. Re-established in 1953, it is the successor foundation of the Humboldt Foundation established in 1860 and re-established in 1925 for the first time. It grants some 500 research fellowships annually to young highly qualified foreign scholars holding doctorates and up to 150 research awards to internationally recognized scholars. Up to 150 Feodor Lynen Fellowships are granted to German junior scholars holding doctorates and aged up to 38 enabling them to carry out research projects at institutes of former Humboldt Guest Researchers abroad. Since 1953 more than 18,000 foreign scholars of all disciplines from 125 countries have been sponsored. Since 1979 more than 1,700 German scholars holding doctorates have visited Humboldtians in 53 countries of the world, many of them for several years.