From Knobs to Clicks: A Magical Month for Barry Sharpless

Three weeks ago, Barry Sharpless presented the 2022 Ig Nobel Prize for Engineering to Gen Matsuzaki and colleagues, who tried to discover the most efficient way for people to use their fingers when turning a knob. He also presented the 2022 Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine to Marcin Jasiński, Martyna Maciejewska, Anna Brodziak, Michał Górka, Kamila Skwierawska, Wiesław Jędrzejczak, Agnieszka Tomaszewska, Grzegorz Basak, and Emilian Snarski, who showed that when patients undergo some forms of toxic chemotherapy, they suffer fewer harmful side effects when ice cream replaces one traditional component of the procedure. See photos.

Today, it was announced that the 2022 Nobel Prize for Chemistry is being awarded to Barry Sharpless, Morten Meldal, and Carolyn Bertozzi, “for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry”.

This is the second Nobel Chemistry Prize awarded to Barry Sharpless. His first was in 2001.

Congratulations to Barry! And, of course, to Morten Meldal and Carolyn Bertozzi. And to Gen Matsuzaki, and to Marcin Jasiński, Martyna Maciejewska, Anna Brodziak, Michał Górka, Kamila Skwierawska, Wiesław Jędrzejczak, Agnieszka Tomaszewska, Grzegorz Basak, and Emilian Snarski.

Here’s video of Barry  presenting that Ig Nobel Engineering Prize:

Here’s video of Barry presenting the Medicine Prize:

And here, from last year is video of Barry presenting the 2021 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize to Jörg Wicker, Nicolas Krauter, Bettina Derstroff, Christof Stönner, Efstratios Bourtsoukidis, Achim Edtbauer, Jochen Wulf, Thomas Klüpfel, Stefan Kramer, and Jonathan Williams, who chemically analyzed the air inside movie theaters, to test whether the odors produced by an audience reliably indicate the levels of violence, sex, antisocial behavior, drug use, and bad language in the movie the audience is watching.: