Armed Forces News

Dr. W.E. Moerner, the Stanford University professor who won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Dec. 10, said the Office of Naval Research deserves a share of the credit for his accolade. Moerner garnered the Nobel for advances in microbiology that could help persons suffering from Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Moerner’s work on the project involves a sophisticated method of observing living cells in great detail, using nanoelectronics. ONR’s support came in the form of grants, presented to Moerner between 1982 and 1992. “I cannot overstate the importance of federal funding for basic research from organizations such as ONR,” Moerner said. “It is the lifeblood of fundamental science and contributes greatly to breakthroughs that benefit everyone.”