It was announced on Wednesday that the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2012 has been awarded to Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka “for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors”. While I am not doubting the significance of this award or the relevance of this topic towards advancing the state of mankind, it is debatable as to whether this should actually be considered a chemistry topic. A lot of prizes lately have been given to biologists under the Chemistry umbrella – as Paul (from Chembark) states, these two gentlemen may not even consider themselves chemists (and may not even be members of the ACS!). This, in my opinion, results in the contribution of chemists to promoting the general state of humanity being overlooked. Chemjobber shares my sentiments, but Derek Lowe has a more optimistic view. It’s worth reading all of these to get a balanced viewpoint on where the future of chemistry may be headed.
So my predictions were wrong, after all. I have to wait another year for the contributions of Djerassi, Matyjaszewski, or A. J. Arduengo to be recognized.