A Japanese Nobel Prize-winning chemist was wandering along a road in South Illinois while his wife was found dead in their car on Wednesday.


Ei-ichi Negishi, 82, and his wife Sumire Negishi, 80, were reportedly missing since Monday. The couple were on their way to the airport when Ei-ichi became confused and lost control of the car, causing it to crash into a ditch.

Ei-ichi was found walking near the crash site trying to look for help. His wife was found by police dead in their car near a landfill.


The couple was last seen at their home in West Lafayette, near the Purdue University campus where Ei-ichi is a professor teaching chemistry.

An autopsy will be done on his wife. The details of the incident are still unclear, but police suspect no foul play.

Daily Mail

Ei-ichi Negishi received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2010 and has been a professor at the Purdue University since 1979.

The Nobel Prize winner is currently being treated at a hospital for any injuries he has sustained in the accident.


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