Alphabet names Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold to board

FILE PHOTO: Professor Frances H. Arnold, Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry attends a news conference at the Royal Academy of Science in Stockholm, Sweden December 7, 2018. TT News Agency/Claudio Bresciani via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Google parent Alphabet Inc on Monday named Noble Prize winner Frances Arnold to its board, filling a vacancy left by the retirement of fellow academic Shirley Tilghman.

Arnold, who manages a research group at the California Institute of Technology, will serve on the technology giant’s nominating and corporate governance committee.

Alphabet said she will receive an initial equity award of $1 million in the form of restricted stock units.

Arnold won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018 for pioneering science in enzymes and antibodies.

Tilghman, a molecular biology professor, retired from Alphabet’s board in February last year.

Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila