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Prof. Dan Shechtman is an Israeli-American scientist who works at the US Department of Energy’s Ames Lab and as a Professor of Materials Science at Iowa State University.

He also won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2011 for his work on quasicrystals.

On this week’s Three Minutes in the Chair, learn how Shechtman “aspires to inspire before he expires” and the controversy his groundbreaking work caused.