Nobel Laureate speaks to inspire high schoolers from abroad

Ei-ichi Negishi, an H.C. Brown distinguished professor of chemistry at Purdue and the 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, spoke to a crowd of about 50 high school students from abroad Monday, March 27, 2017. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — One of Purdue University’s resident Nobel Laureates got a visit from some students from abroad Monday morning.

Ei-ichi Negishi, an H.C. Brown distinguished professor of chemistry at Purdue and the 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, spoke to a crowd of about 50 students.

Those students are currently attending the same high school Negishi graduated from nearly 60 years ago.

The high schoolers came to Purdue to learn from members of the university’s faculty. Negishi is glad the students were so intrigued by what he had to say.

“I was very pleased with their response, their responses to my lecture,” Negishi said. “I was anticipating a little more sedated, to be a little more quiet. But they had many, many more questions and I was very pleased with that.”

He hopes this trip is special for the students.

“I don’t think that their experiences are similar to this one,” Negishi said. “So we hope that this experience, this trip, will make a very important impression.”

Another activity on their agenda includes learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur from Tim Peoples of The Foundry.

Later this week, the students will get the chance to talk with one of the key engineers who helped invent Blu-Ray disc technology.