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Jennifer Doudna’s Nobel Prize ceremony was a day to remember

The masked, socially distanced affair was a special occasion for the 11 attendees, in particular her husband and son

portrait of Jennifer Doudna
Doudna is the Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences at UC Berkeley. (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Hosea-Small)
Jennifer Doudna’s trip to Stockholm had to be postponed, but a delegation from Sweden delivered the Nobel Prize medal and diploma to her doorstep on Dec. 8. (To see the full medal presentation on the Berkeley News YouTube channel. The ceremony broadcast from Sweden, including excerpts of the award presentations can be viewed on the Nobel Prize website. UC Berkeley video by Clare Major and Roxanne Makasdjian)

For Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, the highlight of Nobel Week was a socially distanced award ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 8, on her patio in Berkeley with 11 people in attendance, followed by takeout. But if the glow in her face was any indication, she could have been receiving the medal and citation from the King of Sweden on the stage at Stockholm Concert Hall. The traditional celebration will have to wait until next year.

A videographer and photographer captured the intimate gathering on Dec. 8 and the presentation of the gold medal by Barbro Osher, Sweden’s Honorary Consul General in San Francisco, with Anna Sjöström Douagi representing the Nobel Foundation. Doudna, the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences at UC Berkeley, was joined by her husband, Jamie Cate, UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology, son, Andrew, and sister Ellen Doudna of Berkeley.

The video and photos were part of a livestreamed ceremony this morning from Stockholm, in which all of the new Nobelists were introduced by members of the Nobel Committees.

Jennifer Doudna reflects on the whirlwind weeks since she learned that she had won, with Emmanuelle Charpentier, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which was announced on Oct. 7. (UC Berkeley video by Clare Major and Roxanne Makasdjian)