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Technology Alphabet adds Nobel Prize-winning engineer Frances Arnold to its board

01:00  10 december  2019
01:00  10 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said Monday that Google's parent company is adding Frances Arnold , who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018, to Frances brings incredible academic and industry expertise with a career spanning chemistry, engineering , renewable energy and more -- and a Nobel

(Reuters) - Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc on Monday named Noble Prize winner Frances Arnold to its board , filling a vacancy left by the retirement of fellow academic Shirley Arnold won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018 for pioneering science in enzymes and antibodies.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said Monday that Google's parent company is adding Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018, to its board of directors.

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Arnold, a chemical engineer and professor at the California Institute of Technology, won the prize for her work studying the directed evolution of enzymes. She's only the fifth woman in history to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry since it was first awarded in 1901, the New York Times said when she was given the award last year.

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Google parent Alphabet Inc on Monday named Noble Prize winner Frances Arnold to its board Alphabet said she will receive an initial equity award of million in the form of restricted stock units. Arnold won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018 for pioneering science in enzymes and antibodies.

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"Frances brings incredible academic and industry expertise with a career spanning chemistry, engineering, renewable energy and more," Pichai said in a tweet.

"I've long admired Alphabet's commitment to technology and research, and to improving the lives of people around the world, and I'm excited to be a part of that," Arnold said in a statement.

The appointment comes a week after Alphabet announced bombshell changes to its corporate structure. Larry Page and Sergey Brin said their stepping down from executive leadership roles at Alphabet, leaving Pichai to run the entire conglomerate. Page and Brin, however, will retain voting control over its board.

Arnold, who grew up in Pennsylvania, received her bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, then got her doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alphabet names Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold to board .
Alphabet names Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold to boardArnold, who manages a research group at the California Institute of Technology, will serve on the technology giant's nominating and corporate governance committee.

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