Dr. Arnold, 62, an American professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, earned the award for her work with the
She shared this year’s chemistry Nobel — worth close to $1 million — with George P. Smith, 77, and Gregory P. Winter, 67. Dr. Arnold received half of the prize, and Dr. Smith and Dr. Winter split the other half.
Dr. Arnold won for her work conducting the directed evolution of enzymes, proteins that catalyze chemical reactions. She first pioneered the bioengineering method, which works similar to the way dog breeders mate specific dogs to bring out desired traits, in the early 1990s, and has refined it since then.
Today at 2pm ET: For the first time ever, two female scientists won the #NobelPrize for both physics and chemistry. We’ll be chatting with one of the recipients @francesarnold on #SciFriLive! https://t.co/x3CqsmR78U pic.twitter.com/6KVlTRL9UB
— Science Friday (@scifri) October 5, 2018