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Jefferson High School graduate Dr. William Moerner, who received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in super high resolution microscopy, will receive the Palmaz Award for Innovation in Healthcare and the Biosciences from the non profit group BioMed SA, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
"I am very happy to accept the Julio Palmaz award," Moerner said. "This recognizes the lifelong efforts of me, my collaborators, and my colleagues in the field to study single molecules and to develop useful applications such as super resolution microscopy."
Moerner is a 1971 graduate of Jefferson High School. He is a professor and researcher at Stanford University in California, where he conducts research in physical chemistry.
"The selection of a visionary scientist such as Dr. Moerner, who was raised in San Antonio and went on to win the world's most distinguished prize in chemistry, is a testament to what bright young minds here in our region can aspire to and achieve," BioMed SA Chair Kenneth Trevett said in a statement.
Dr. Moerner's work makes it possible to view the inner workings of cells and observe single molecules at the smallest scales.
The Palmaz award, which is in its tenth year, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to advance the healthcare and bioscience fields. The prize alternates, honoring those with ties to San Antonio one year, and honoring figures on a national and global level the next.
The award is named for Julio Palmaz, the inventor of the Palmaz Stent, which has been described as one of the most significant innovations in the history of medicine. Dr. Palmaz is a professor at the U.T. Health Science Center.
Dr. Moerner is actually the second Nobel Prize winner to graduate from Jefferson. He was preceded by 1950 graduate and 1966 Nobel winner Robert Floyd Curl, Jr.