On the first Monday of this October, after waiting in the cold wind for more than 80 minutes, I got the chance to enter the Nobel Forum close to KI gate, to closely experience the first announcement of Nobel Prize in 2015 – Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Around 11:30, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet announced that William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura would share half of the prize, for their discoveries to treat infections caused by parasitic roundworms, and another half was to Youyou Tu- a Chinese female pharmacologist, for her discoveries of artemisinin and dihydroartemisinin to treat malaria.
As a Chinese PhD student, I felt so excited!!! This is the first local Chinese scientist to win the Nobel Prize. An eighty-five years old women, without PhD degree, without oversea trainning or experiences, but really do a good research that beneficial for human being.
Eight years ago, when I was the 2nd year medical student, I firstly heared Youyou’s story from our pharmacology teacher. He told us Youyou was inspired by an old Chinese medical book written by Hong Ge (A.D 283-343 ), her discovery was very important and could be awarded the Nobel Prize.
Actually, when I listened the KI lectures of Nobel laureates in 2013 and 2014. I raised a dream that I hope I could listen a Chinese Nobel laureate’s presentation in December, and see the Chinese national flag raised in KI compus, now the dream comes ture so quickly.
Congratulations! And looking forward to the Nobel week this December!