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Richard F. Heck, the American who shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry with two other researchers, is a native of Springfield, Mass.
Heck was born Aug. 15, 1931, in that city, said Andrea Boyle, a spokeswoman for the University of Delaware, where Heck, 79, is a professor emeritus.
"The University of Delaware is exceptionally proud of Prof. Richard F. Heck and his ground-breaking research in the field of chemistry, which has resulted in the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this morning,” University of Delaware President Patrick Harker said.
Heck was given the prize for "palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis," the committee said on its website.
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