Japanese Nobel Winner Hospitalized In US, Wife Found Dead

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2018

Authorities in northern IL are investigating the death of the wife of a Nobel Prize winning chemistry professor whose body was found at a landfill hours after the couple were reported missing in Indiana.

A West Lafayette, Indiana woman reported missing on Monday evening has been found dead.

The Ogle County Sheriff's Office says an 80-year-old woman named Smire Negishi was found along with her auto in Orchard Hills Landfill. The couple's vehicle was also located at the nearby Orchard Hills Landfill.

Dr. Ei-ichi Negishi was found wandering a rural road south of Rockford, Illinois early Tuesday morning.

The couple and their auto were reported missing Monday.

The TV station reported that Sumire Negishi had stayed behind while her husband left looking for help.

According to police, no foul play is suspected.

The local coroner's office said an autopsy was pending.

Negishi is a Japanese national who came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship in 1960 to study chemistry. The Japanese scientist won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2010. The method is widely used, including for the production of pharmaceuticals.

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