Rockefeller’s Roderick MacKinnon wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Physician, biophysicist and self-taught X-ray crystallographer becomes university’s 23rd Nobel laureate
One of the ironies of being a Nobel Prize winning
scientist is that few people understand what you do. Roderick MacKinnon, for example,
Rockefeller’s newest Nobel laureate, who was awarded the 2003 prize
in chemistry earlier this month, studies ion channels, a topic about which
only a handful of people in the world can make cocktail party conversation.