The UCLA professor emeritus, who directed the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, was honored with two others for designing and developing molecular machines.
Shapley, widely considered a father of game theory, was professor emeritus of economics and mathematics and shared the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
UC Berkeley biologist Randy Schekman, who graduated from the UCLA College of Letters and Science in 1971, received the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.
During a recent visit to UCLA, Schekman spoke about his passion for science, his memories of UCLA and why he's decided to donate his Nobel money to the University of California.
The search for the elusive "God particle" was aided by a number of faculty members and their teams, who helped design and build the cutting-edge equipment and conduct research.
Randy Schekman is the seventh UCLA alumnus to win a Nobel Prize. Professors at UCLA remember him as a brilliant undergraduate with insights far beyond his years.