It’s a long shot I know but I read in Nature that:
“Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki won the award for their development of reactions that cleanly connect chains of carbon atoms, using small amounts of the metal palladium. The processes they uncovered for forming carbon–carbon bonds in the 1960s and 1970s are now a staple of chemistry textbooks, and are used every day in industry and academia.”
In the early 70’s I did my PhD in this field. Had I kept going this could have been Dr Calum Nobel Laureate except ….. my thesis must have been one of the poorest ever to be awarded a PhD.
I think I was a good researcher but I wasn’t a good chemist. Chemistry was totally wrong for me then and continued to be so for a large part of my working career.
But …. if only!