Institut Montana alumnus William (Pim) Stemmer missed the Nobel Prize by a heart beat
Well, a heart beat is a bit exaggerated as he died in 2013 at the young age of 56, but the 2018 Nobel prize for chemistry was awarded to Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter for their work on gene shuffling a.k.a. as evolution in a tube. If Pim was still alive, he would surely have replaced either George or Gregory as he is the founding father of the technology, in parallel with inventions done by Frances Arnold.
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