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Nobel laureate Richard Heck dies at 84; UCLA grad transformed organic chemistry

Nobel laureate Richard Heck dies at 84; UCLA grad transformed organic chemistry

Richard Heck, a UCLA graduate who shared the Nobel Prize in 2010 in chemistry for designing a method of building complex molecules that has helped fight cancer, protect crops and make electronic devices, has died at his home in the Philippines. He was 84.

Heck, a professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, died Saturday from multiple organ failure after bouts with pneumonia, diabetes and liver cirrhosis, said Michael Nardo, his nephew, who had cared for Heck and his wife over the past decade.

Heck, whose interest in plants as a child led him to a career in chemistry, shared the Nobel Prize with Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki. The Nobel Prize organization said...

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