On 5 October, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences decided to award the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Daniel Shechtman “for the discovery of quasicrystals”. Born 1941 in Tel Aviv, Daniel Shechtman obtained his  Ph.D. in 1972 from Technion and is now a distinguished Professor in materials science of the Technion Philip Tobias Chair. In the press release announcing the Prize, the Academy says: “the configuration found in quasicrystals was considered impossible, and Daniel Shechtman had to fight a fierce battle against established science. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 has fundamentally altered how chemists conceive of solid matter.”