Element 116 (ununhexium)
Astronomy and space exploration
The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lands in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
The Genesis spacecraft is launched.
NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles (180 km) of Jupiter's moon Io.
June 21 – Total solar eclipse
December 14 – Annular solar eclipse
January 8 – The first animal from an endangered species produced by cloning, a gaur named Noah, is born at Trans Ova Genetics in Sioux Center, Iowa. He dies within 48 hours of a common dysentery.
January – The second animal from an endangered species produced by cloning, a European mouflon lamb, is born in Italy.
February – The publicly funded Human Genome Project, led by Francis Collins and the privately funded Celera effort, led by Craig Venter simultaneously publish their decoding of the human genome (in Nature and Science, respectively).
Craig Venter and Mark Adams complete the genetic map of the laboratory mouse.
Fossil remains of the whale Rodhocetus balochistanensis found in Balochistan Province, Pakistan, by Philip D. Gingerich.
December – The C# programming language specification is released.
In quantum computing, the first working 7-qubit NMR computer is demonstrated at IBM's Almaden Research Center, demonstrating Shor's algorithm.
The Walkman Circ is released.
July 2 – The world's first self-contained artificial heart is implanted in Robert Tools.
Adult-onset basal ganglia disease caused by FTL mutations is described.
February 24 – Claude E. Shannon (b. 1916), mathematician.
May 28 – Francisco Varela (b. 1946), biologist and philosopher.
August 9 – Sir Alec Skempton (b. 1914), pioneer of soil science and engineering historian.
August 20 – Fred Hoyle (b. 1915), astronomer and science fiction writer.
September 2 – Christiaan Barnard (b. 1922), surgeon.
November 30 – Robert Tools (b. 1942), first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart, after 151 days without a living heart.
December 5 – Franco Rasetti (b. 1901), physicist.
December 12 – Robert Schommer (b. 1946), astronomer.
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15 January 2001 discovery of 42113 Jura
11 February 2001 discovery of 43511 Cima Ekar
14 February 2001 discovery of 42191 Thurmann
29 July 2001 discovery of 30566 Stokes
2001 discovery of Aitne
2001 discovery of Autonoe
2001 discovery of Eurydome
2001 discovery of Thyone
20 August 2001 Death of Fred Hoyle in Bournemouth, Dorset, England
2001 Death of John Myrick Dawson
Physics to Eric A. Cornell, Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl E. Wieman "for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates"
Chemistry to William S. Knowles and Ryoji Noyori "for their work on chirally catalysed hydrogenation reactions" andto Karl Barry Sharpless "for his work on chirally catalysed oxidation reactions"
Physiology or Medicine to Leland H. Hartwell, Tim Hunt and Sir Paul M. Nurse "for their discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle"
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