Missing Nobel Prize Winner Found in Ogle County


A couple missing from Indiana is found in Davis Junction. Deputies from the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department spotted Eiichi Negishi wandering along the 8200 block of North Route 251. The 82 year old was taken to the hospital.

Police found his wife, Sumire, and their car in the nearby Orchard Hills Landfill. She was pronounced dead.

The results of an autopsy are pending, although police say they do not suspect foul play. The two had been reported missing from West Lafayette, Indiana on Monday.

Eiichi Negishi is a nobel prize winner in chemistry. He received the award in 2010 for the discovery of “Negishi Coupling” in organic synthesis. He’s spent most of his career at Purdue University.

Purdue University released this statement: 

“Purdue University and the world have lost a dear friend in the death of Sumire Negishi. Throughout a lifetime of love and loyalty, she supported her husband in a career of tremendous contributions to science and to the teaching and training of subsequent generations of top scientists.

“It appears that the Parkinson’s disease from which she has been suffering and the mental confusion that age can bring to the most brilliant minds combined to produce the recent tragic events. That these phenomena are so common does not make their consequences any less cruel.

“All Boilermakers everywhere join the Negishi family in sadness at the loss of Sumire, who made so many of her own contributions to her husband’s life work and to the vitality of our community.”

Mitch Daniels
President, Purdue University

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