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5 Recent Nobel Prize Winners in Their Senior Years

This year’s roster of 2016 Nobel Prize winners is full of men over the age of 65. In this article, Redondo Beach, CA, elderly care experts take a look at 5 of these venerable Nobel Laureates, exploring their contributions to the fields of medicine, physics, and even pop music. 

1. Yoshinori Ohsumi

Ohsumi was born in 1945 in the southern city of Fukuoka. After many years of hard work, he became one of the most famous Japanese cell biologists for his work on autophagy, which refers to a destructive reaction within a cell that keeps it functional. It took Ohsumi a long time to gather sufficient data on this subject with his various experiments on yeast cells. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Ohsumi discovered the genes necessary for the autophagic process. Although it took him a long time, Ohsumi is finally getting the recognition he deserves with the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine this year. 

2. David J. Thouless

David Thouless is a well-known UK physicist who focuses on condensed matter. He was born in Bearsden, Scotland, in 1934, and has taught in various academic institutions around the world. Thouless has also contributed a great deal to various fields related to physics, including atomic nuclei, statistical mechanics, and the theory of many-body problems. He is being awarded for his long academic career with a half-Nobel Prize in Physics this year, sharing the award with F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz. 

3. Jean-Pierre Sauvage

Coordination chemist Jean-Pierre Sauvage will be awarded a third of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry this year. Sauvage is a powerful Parisian chemist, born in 1944 in the City of Lights and educated in Paris’ prestigious Université Louis Pasteur. He has worked for many years researching supramolecular chemistry at the University of Strasbourg. The Nobel Committee is recognizing Sauvage for his work in 1983, when he successfully synthesized a complex of two ring-shaped molecules that were mechanically manufactured. The other chemists being awarded with Sauvage continued to expand on this work, which might explain why it took so long to recognize Sauvage.

4. Sir J. Fraser Stoddart 

J. Fraser Stoddart, who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1942, is one of the chemists who used Sauvage’s work in his own research. Throughout his long career, Stoddart successfully developed even more effective syntheses of mechanically produced molecules than Sauvage. The other chemist who completes this trio of Nobel Prize chemists is the Dutch-born Bernard Lucas Feringa, who just turned 65 this year. 

5. Bob Dylan

Anyone familiar with the folk-rock movement of the 1960s will undoubtedly know of Bob Dylan. It may be hard to believe, but Dylan is currently 75 years old. Although he will always be a fixture of 1960s American counterculture, the Nobel Prize Committee believes Dylan’s music stands the test of time. The times may always be “a changin’,” but Dylan’s lyrics continue to resonate in the hearts of contemporary listeners. 

Your elderly loved one doesn’t have to be working toward winning the Nobel Prize to maintain his or her cognitive health. In fact, engaging in simple mentally stimulating activities on a regular basis can provide a major brain boost. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers can provide mental and social stimulation as often as your loved one requires it. In addition to respite and live-in care, we also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care Redondo Beach families can count on. For more information on our in-home care services, call (310) 504-0506 today.