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January 9, 2017: Visualizing the Invisible by Ricarda Laasch

Sneak Peak: Gonzo Berto’s review in the January 2017 issue of the New Art Examiner

Neutrinos in a New Light: Selected Works of Art & Science, Fermilab Art Gallery, Batavia, IL, December 2, 2016-March 17, 2017. See Art exhibit at Fermilab designed to put science in a 'New Light', Exhibition Catalogue, and Colloquium Presentation. The exhibition was also featured during WDCB News: The Art Section (at about 15:30)


New Work: Ellen Sandor & (art)n Fermilab Artist in Residency 2016


Bubble Chamber Beginnings: Revisiting the Vintage I, 2016
Bubble Chamber Beginnings: Revisiting the Vintage II, 2016
The Magnificent MicroBooNE: Science Through the Art of Jackson Pollock and David Smith, 2016
Neutrinos and NOvA: A Vasarely Variation, 2016
Binary Bypass: Neutrinos for Data Communication I, 2016
Binary Bypass: Neutrinos for Data Communication II, 2016
The Supernova Spectacle, 2016
Allies for Antineutrinos, 2016
Solar Dynamo / Solar Interior, 2016
Magneto-Convection Emerging Flux, 2016
Double Coronal Mass Ejection, 2016
Invisible Science



November 19, 2016:
Starchitects Revisited will be featured in Real-fake.org.2.0, co-curated by Rachel Clarke and Patrick Reynolds, opening Saturday (19 November), from 4-7 at the Bronx Art Space: 305 E 140th Street #1 Bronx, NY 10454; normal gallery hours: Wednesday - Friday 12-6:30 pm, Saturday 12 - 5pm.

real-fake.org.2.0 redfines media post digital in the terms of simulation technologies and includes the work of 51 artists: AES + F, Morehshin Allahyari, LaTurbo Avedon, Sophie Barrett-Kahn (in collaboration with Lisa Parra), Gregory Bennett, Tim Berresheim, Sean Capone, Jose Carlos Casado, Rachel Clarke, Shamus Clisset, Birch Cooper, Gero Doll, Mark Dorf, Carolyn Frischling, Joe Hamilton, Claudia Hart, Kurt Hentschlager, Kim Joon, Mark Klink, Alex Lee, Patrick Lichty, Locurto-Outcault, Kristin Lucas, Sara Ludy, Gerhard Mantz, Chris Manzione, Claudia Mate, Alex McLeod, Shane Mecklenburger, Rosa Menkman, Jonathan Monaghan, Brenna Murphy, Eva Papamargariti, Will Pappenheimer, Sabrina Ratte, Michael Rees, Pat Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenthal, Nicole Ruggiero, William Robertson + Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Martin Sampedro, Ellen Sandor & (art)n, Rick Silva, Keith Tolch, Katie Torn, Matthew Weinstein, Ryan Whittier-Hale, Frank Yefeng Wang, Snow Yunxue Fu, Giselle Zatonyl, and Zeitguised.


October 8, 2016: Ellen Sandor and Richard Sandor are interviewed in The Art Newspaper China about new media and photography.


June 4, 2016 - Happy 74th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Island, with gratitude to all of the Battle of Midway Veterans in honour of their service at Midway Island during WWII. The Battle of Midway was a real turning point for the U.S. and the world that happened on June 4, 1942. The historic battle helped to restore and preserve freedom in the world we are grateful to live in today, won with their honour, courage and bravery. We thank you for your fighting spirit and contributions for our freedom. The Battle of Midway Memorial was first installed on June 4, 2001, and is located just through the security checkpoint and to the left at the beginning of Concourse A of Midway Airport. The Battle of Midway Memorial was commissioned by the Public Art Program and Department of Aviation, City of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, Mayor. The Memorial includes the story of the battle, told in four panels: I, II, III, and IV. Please click here for special reflections from Veteran Ed Fox and to view related works of Visual History.


April 12, 2016: Art draws out the beauty of physics: Labs around the world open their doors to aesthetic creation, cover story featured in Symmetry Magazine by Angela Anderson


March 18, 2016: Ellen Sandor featured on WGN's The Wintrust Business Lunch: Amina Elahi, Tom Gimbel, Scott Kleinberg, and Ellen Sandor - starts at 21:26


March 18, 2016: Celebrating Women in New Media Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as part of 150 Years of SAIC. "This exciting one-day symposium examines the achievements of women in media art and emerging technologies from the 1980s onward and celebrates the forthcoming book, Women in New Media Arts: Perspectives on Innovative Collaboration." For more details, please see SAIC 150 Trailblazers.

Current NYC Exhibition: Reconstructing the Wright Space, Mies-en-scène, Future Perfect, and Starchitects Revisited VR will be featured in the Women's Empowerment Exhibition, Waterfall Mansion & Gallery, NYC, February 3-April 20, 2016


February 4, 2016: Fermilab artist-in-residence to create science-inspired works, featured in the Daily Herald


January 26, 2016 It's Three Minutes to Midnight: The Doomsday Clock designed by Martyl Langsdorf remains in the same place as last year by the Atomic Bulletin of Scientists, without change or progress. "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is delighted to announce the hit CBS television series, Madam Secretary, is airing a special episode on Sunday, March 27th, that features the Bulletin and its Doomsday Clock."


January 25, 2015: Podcast Interview on WDCB 90.9 FM, SOUNDCLOUD: Fermi Lab's 2nd Artist In Residence Mixes Tech And Art


December 7, 2015 - Fermilab News Release: Chicago innovator Ellen Sandor is Fermilab’s new artist-in-residence also published in Fermilab Frontiers magazine



November 9, 2015 - Exhibition Review by Paula DiPerna: What If, What Then, What Next?: The PHSColograms of Ellen Sandor and (art)n in Huffington Post US Edition


"Deconstruction in the Virtual World: Building Peace by Piece" at the Gregg Gallery of the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South in New York - an exhibition of Sculptural PHSColograms and Oculus Rift Virtual Reality November 3 - 14th, 2015. Click here for the catalog.

Fermilab awards Ellen Sandor Artist in Residence for 2016

Chicago, IL - September 2, 2015

(art)n is delighted to announce that Ellen Sandor has accepted Fermilab’s 2016 Artist Residency. Ellen Sandor was selected out of 60 carefully evaluated artist’s applications.

“Your work and vision for what you could do as an artist in residence at Fermilab resonated with all of us,” Georgia Schwender, Curator, Fermilab Art Gallery

“It is an honor to accept the artist residency to create new work with Fermilab scientists that will be realized as PHSCologram sculptures. Fermilab’s Artist Residency provides continuity with (art)n’s history of showing the first PHSCologram sculptures at Fermilab in 1987, an exhibition that originated with the late Martyl,” said Ellen Sandor, Founding Artist and Director, (art)n.

Ellen Sandor will officially begin the Fermilab Artist Residency in January 2016. She is presently working on a series of PHSCologram sculptures and Oculus Rift VR experiences with (art)n for “Deconstruction in the Virtual World: Building Peace by Piece” at the Gregg Gallery, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South in New York, November 3 - 14th, 2015.

It's Three Minutes to Midnight: The Doomsday Clock designed by Martyl Langsdorf was recently moved by the Atomic Bulletin of Scientists for unchecked climate change and global nuclear weapons. Three minutes is the closest the clock has been since 1984, and two minutes in 1953. The clock was last moved to 5 minutes in 2012. Martyl's final oral history interview will be included in Women in New Media Arts: Perspectives on Innovative Collaboration, forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press.

In Memory of Martyl Langsdorf, 1917-2013

"Artist Who Designed Doomsday Clock" by Joan Giangrasse Kates for the Chicago Tribune.

August 24, 2015


Through the generosity of Ann Connors, Oceans of Knowledge, a PHSCologram collaboration with Andre Ferrella, Ellen Sandor and (art)n is now in the permanent collection of LUMA-Loyola University Museum of Art in Chicago and will be included in the LUMA 10th Anniversary exhibition: LUMA at 10: Greatest Hits.


July 31, 2015


Karen Sinsheimer, We will Miss You! Karen Sinsheimer, was the Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and among the few curators to recognize the importance of science and art. She included PHSColograms in exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in the 1990s and beyond 2000, including PET Study/Reconstructing Rodin, Nanoscape I, Nanoscape II and Cryptobiology: Reconstructing Identity, also jointly shown at the International Center of Photography in New York.


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Women in New Media Arts: Perspectives on Innovative Collaboration. Forthcoming manuscript to be published by University of Illinois Press. Stay tuned for more up-dates.



June 4, 2015

Remembering this week at the Battle of Midway National Memorial

Midway Atoll, June 4, 2015, three years ago this week the U.S. Navy and Fish and Wildlife Service hosted an unforgettable event honoring those who survived and did not survive, the Battle of Midway. The emotions are forever apart of those in attendance because of two battle survivors who graced us with their presence, brilliance and personality. Colonel John Miniclier and Sergeant Edgar Fox warmed our hearts - all of us including those of Japanese and Hawaiian ancestry.

Please click here for Photographer Dallas Nagata's imagery that captured those moments to help us to continue to honor their sacrifice and courage.

Special appreciation to all of the Battle of Midway Veterans as we celebrate the 71st anniversary this year of the historic Battle of Midway that happened on June 4, 1942. The historic battle helped to restore and preserve freedom in the world we are grateful to live in today, won with their honour, courage and bravery. In Honor of all Battle of Midway Veterans, we thank you for your fighting spirit and contributions for our freedom. The Battle of Midway Memorial was first installed on June 4, 2001, and is located just through the security checkpoint and to the left at the beginning of Concourse A of Midway Airport. The Battle of Midway Memorial was commissioned by the Public Art Program and Department of Aviation, City of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, Mayor. The Memorial includes the story of the battle, told in four panels: I, II, III, and IV. Please click here for special reflections from Veteran Ed Fox and to view related works of Visual History.

: : In the News : :

Ellen and Richard Sandor’s Art Obsession, Chicago Gallery News, April 28, 2015


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Deconstructing the Barracks: Auschwitz-Birkenau (2011), Interior of a Barracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau (1995), and MJH: Nightmare (1995) will be featured in "Footprints through Time: Artists Inspired by History" at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, March 2 - July 10, 2015

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The Ebola Virus, 2014


Nouveau Nouvel: Mondrian as Muse, 2014

Rough Waters: In Depth, 2014


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November 2-5: ICIDS 2014 Art Exhibition "Remembering/Forgetting" : Special Treatment, produced in collaboration with Geoffrey Allen Baum, Ben Chang, Todd Margolis, and Keith Miller. View video and VR screen shots of the Barracks and Exterior Train plus the original PHSColograms, Interior of a Barracks: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Deconstructing the Barracks: Auschwitz-Birkenau.

No Fumare, por Favore, Red Self-Portrait, and faccia d'ore: face of gold at the new Ed Paschke Art Center

: : In the News : :

SAIC Alumni Spotlights: Pioneering the Future of Photography SAIC alumna Ellen Sandor forged a successful career and invented a new medium.

: : Announcements : :

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Announces 2014 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipients: Theaster Gates, Franz Schulze and Ellen Sandor


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Water, Research, Water, Rebirth, 2014

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Congressman Bill Foster Honors Martyl Langsdorf
Special Tribute: In Memory of Martyl Langsdorf, 1917-2013

Chicago native and actor Bob Balaban gives a heartfelt tribute to Gene Siskel Film Center Board Chair, Ellen Sandor, who received an award from the Film Center for 10 Years of Outstanding Leadership.


: : New Work : :

The Magnificent Micelle, 2013
The Magnificent Micelle, Detail I, 2013
The Magnificent Micelle, Detail II, 2013
The Magnificent Micelle, Detail III, 2013
The Magnificent Micelle, 2013 YouTube animation
Deconstruction DNA, 2013 YouTube animation

Soaring Singapore, 2013

Heights of the Heavens: Taipei 101 Deconstructed, 2013


Ellen Sandor is featured in Amy Creyer's Chicago Street Style

Special Tribute: In Memory of Martyl Langsdorf, 1917-2013

"Artist Who Designed Doomsday Clock" by Joan Giangrasse Kates for the Chicago Tribune.
Click here for PDF.


Happy New Year!

(art)n's Perfect Prisms: Crystal Chapel PHSCologram animation from (art)n's Architecture Series is also newly featured in CRISTAL on Vimeo. Please enjoy!


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December 4-9, 2012

Josh Lewis features Ellen Sandor and Chris Kemp and Diana Torres, (art)n in artnmiami.tv: Overture Art Fair VIP Pass

Ellen Sandor and (art)n:
Overture Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Midtown District (Inside the SCOPE Pavilion)
Entrance through NW 34th Street & Buena Vista Avenue (or through SCOPE entrance on Midtown Blvd.)
Presented by Arts For A Better World

OPENING NIGHT VERNISSAGE: Tuesday December 4th, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Click here for VIP EVITE

(art)n will be showing the following:
Deconstructed Marina Towers
Deconstructed Aqua
Deconstructing the Warsaw Ghetto, 2012
Deconstructing the Barracks: Auschwitz-Birkenau
Interior of a Barracks: Auschwitz-Birkenau
Reconstructing the Wright Space
Mies-en-scène
Perfect Prisms: Crystal Chapel
and Structural Spectrums, 2008 (sculpture)

: : New Work : :

Deconstructing the Warsaw Ghetto, 2012. Please preview the animation sequence for Deconstructing the Warsaw Ghetto featured on YouTube


: : In the News : :

October 27, 2012

Elysabeth Alfano quotes Ellen Sandor in Chicago: The City that Creates for HUFFPOST ARTS & CULTURE , The Huffington Post: "I truly believe that Chicago is the very best city for artists to invent and experiment, especially with new media. It's not a celebrity culture; but, a culture where innovation is encouraged and rewarded." Ellen Sandor was recently interviewed by Alfano in Ellen Sandor and the Future of Photography for HUFFPOST ARTS & CULTURE.


: : New Work : :

Aquatic Assemblage: The Maritime Metropolis
Deconstructed Crain Communications Building
Deconstructed Marina Towers
Deconstructed Aqua

Please preview the animation sequence for Aquatic Assemblage featured on YouTube

Aquatic Assemblage: The Maritime Metropolis was shown at Expo Chicago, September 20-23, 2012 at Navy Pier, Exhibit Hall A, next to 105

: : Breaking News : :

August 27, 2012

Elysabeth Alfano interviews Ellen Sandor and (art)n, featured in HUFFPOST ARTS & CULTURE for The Huffington Post: Ellen Sandor and the Future of Photography


August 7, 2012

Joanna Carver interviews Ellen Sandor and (art)n, featured in Northwestern University's Medill Reports Chicago: Virtual reality pioneers 3D art and science


: : New Features : : Animations

Please visit (art)n's web-based presentation of animated sequences that show the depth and movement of selected PHSColograms. These animations are a simulation of how the sculptural, three-dimensional effect looks when you are viewing PHSColograms in real life.


“I saw myself as Mr. Imagination, an African king.”

Mr. Imagination (1948-2012), We will Miss You!

In 2002, the celebrated visionary artist collaborated with Ellen Sandor and (art)n on The Third Eye of Mr. I, a unique PHSCologram installation featured at Carl Hammer Gallery, Zhou B Art Center and other venues, along with Little Feather Man and Red Man details.


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The Other Window: Distortion '06, Red Self-Portrait, and No Fumare, por Favore: Now showing from the permanent collection in the New Stuart Wing at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma.

No Fumare, por Favore (No Smoking Please) was included in The Art of Collecting, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, November 25, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Ellen Sandor and (art)n were recently featured in Los esperamos este miercoles at Galeria Arteconsult in Panama on December 14, 2011

Arts for a Better World, Art | Basel | Miami Beach, December 1-4, 2011, featuring Special Treatment, a unique Virtual Reality installation experience, produced in collaboration with Applied Interactives, and a selection of PHSColograms were recently shown at "FOTO SEPTIEMBRE 2011 - PHOTO SEPTEMBER 2011," Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and FUNDAHRTE in Panama.


: : Groundbreaking New Work : :

Deconstructing the Barracks: Auschwitz-Birkenau with a sequence of animated PHSCologram frames and an animation sequence featured on YouTube

Punta Pacífica: A Deconstructed Vision and animated sequence featured on YouTube

Complications of a Heart Attack produced in collaboration with Richard Lee, Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Making a Difference: Breast Cancer Revisted produced in collaboration with Michelle Lee M.D., Department of Breast Imaging, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

(Brain + Love) left and (Brain + Love) right, produced in collaboration with Raun K. Kaufman, Autism Treatment Center of America: The Son-Rise Program and Cynthia K. Thompson and Sladjana Lukic, Northwestern University

Garden of Digital Delights, 2011 features artist tributes to Man Ray, Imogen Cunningham, Charles Csuri, Robert Mapplethorpe and Nam June Paik. Click here to view a special animation published on You Tube and the (art)n Screening Room.

: : Special Announcements : :

November 5, 2011

Congratulations to James Zanzi, Professor Emeritus, School of the Art Institute of Chicago: 2011 Visionary Awardee, INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art,"who increased our knowledge and appreciation of independent artists and vernacular environment builders." Zanzi is one of the original members of (art)n, whose early tributes to the Outsider and Intuitive Artist were included in the seminal installation, PHSCologram '83 that first debuted in November 1983, and was later written about by Victoria Lautman in The Chicago Tribune (1989) and M (1988) magazine. More recent collaborations include VSL/RB (Virtual Still Life / Roger Brown), The Other Window: Distortion '06 and The Other Window II: Distortion '07. Click here for (art)n Reflections from James Zanzi with Lisa Stone.

: : Past Exhibitions : :

"FOTO SEPTIEMBRE 2011 - PHOTO SEPTEMBER 2011, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and FUNDAHRTE in Panama, opening September 29. Click here for catalogue and exhibition invite. Click for English Translation of Acerca de Fotoseptiembre 2011 article, MAC 2011 article and The Visitor cover, with English and Spanish translations. Click here for exhibition opening night photos, I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, VIV, X, XI, XII, and XIII.

No Fumare, por Favore (No Smoking Please) was included in Without You I'm Nothing: Art and Its Audience at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, November 20, 2010 - May 1, 2011. Click here for exhibition photos of Ellen Sandor, Detail I and Detail II

Garden of Digital Delights, 2011 was featured in Art Chicago as a part of Art Chicago and NEXT's special Focus Photography exhibition. This floor wide exhibition highlights exemplary works of contemporary and vintage photography, and photography based works.

Oceans of Change produced in collaboration with NCSA, JPL and MBARI is featured in "Pathways and Portals: Art, Science, Nature" at the Lockport Gallery, August 24, 2010 - February 18, 2011.

Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, October 9, 2010 - January 2, 2011. Please visit You Tube to see an animation for the Perfect Prisms: Crystal Chapel PHSCologram from (art)n's Architecture Series that is also featured in the (art)n Screening Room. The piece is part of the university's permanent collection and is featured as the cover image for the exhibition catalog and invitation. Related PHSColograms include Gliding Goff/Gryder Residence Reconstructed and Light the Sky: First National Bank.

(Brain + Love) left, (Brain + Love) right and Oceans of Change will be shown at 15000 WATTS - ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD at SOHO STUDIOS, NW 22nd Street & NW 1st Avenue, Wynwood Arts District in Miami. VIP Opening: Tuesday November 30, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. General Preview: Tuesday November 30, 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Exhibition: December 1 to 5, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Family Day: Sunday December 5, 2010.

(art)n: Virtually Visionary - Exploring 2D Forms in 3D Space, Galeria Arteconsult, Panama, September 15-October 9, 2010. Click here for exhibition catalogue, opening invitation,
advertisement and opening night photos - I, II, and III.

Art Chicago
April 30-May 3, 2010
(art)n at Kasia Kay Projects Gallery, 12th Floor, Booth 154

Oceans of Change produced in collaboration with NCSA, JPL and MBARI was included in "Pathways and Portals: Art, Science, Nature" at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, January 25 - May 7, 2010. Click here for invite.

: : In the News : :

Congratulations to the Zhou Brothers, Shanzuo and DaHuang, who were commissioned by the White House/State Department to create a large painting as the official gift for Premier Hu that was given by President Obama last night at the White House. Click here for more information.

Recent exhibitions at the Zhou B Art Center include Concepts of Construction: (art)n new work and retrospective, October 24-December 12, 2009, featuring New Beginnings created in collaboration with the Zhou Brothers in 2004. A panoramic view of the popular exhibition is presented above.

Exposición fotográfica en 3D: La muestra ‘Virtually Visionary’, de la artista estadounidense Ellen Sandor, estará hasta el próximo 9 de octubre en la Galería Arteconsult by Jesus Martinez, with English translation and exhibition opening photos - I, II, and III.

Life - now in exciting 3D! by Jessica Krinke, Medill Reports Chicago, Northwestern University, August 27, 2010.

Art Attack, a special interview with Ellen Sandor in i4Design by Harlene Ellin: "We recreate for historical purposes. We deconstruct for artistic purposes."

(art)n's PET Study II was featured on the Winter 2010 cover for ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. PET Study II is currently on display at the National Academy of Sciences.

Happy New Year and Congratulations to Julie Sandor, co-producer of WONDERFUL WORLD starring Matthew Broderick: "If the glass is half empty, at least you can't drown." Frank Scheck from Hollywood Reporter commented "Matthew Broderick's best screen role in quite a while." Jonah Weiner covers the film in The New York Times.

Congratulations to Julie Sandor and her team on the release of their mobile games:
HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES AND TOES, which is based on a precious song and MY NAME, an enjoyable educational game that teaches little ones how to spell their name. The delightful games were recently reviewed in Classy Mommy and was named 'best aps of the week' by
gizmodo.


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October 5, 2009

Congratulations to Nobel Prize winners Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak. Click for A day in the 'normal' life of a Nobel Prize Winner

In 2000, (art)n created Telomeres Project on Imminent Immortality that was shown during "Genomic Issue(s): Art and Science" at The Graduate Center Art Gallery, City University of New York, February 25 through April 5, 2003 to celebrate the Human Genome Project. The
interactive sculpture documented the potential of the telomerase enzyme.

News Flash: Three U.S. researchers have won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for solving "a major problem in biology," the Nobel Committee announced Monday, as reported in CNN.

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak are credited with discovering how chromosomes are protected against degradation -- a field that could shed light on human aging and diseases, including cancer.

"The award of the Nobel Prize recognizes the discovery of a fundamental mechanism in the cell, a discovery that has stimulated the development of new therapeutic strategies," the committee said in a news release.

The three will share the $1.4 million prize. It is the 100th year the prize will be awarded, and the first time that any Nobel in the sciences has gone to more than one woman. The work that won them the prize took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

It centers on structures at the end of chromosomes called telomeres and an enzyme that forms them, called telomerase.