Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel won the Nobel Prize
The VPH Institute would like to congratulate Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel on the award of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2013, for their work on "the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems”. With this prize the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recognises not only the extraordinary contribution of the winners to this field, but also the fundamental role that in silico methods play in contemporary biomedical research.
“Computational molecular dynamics leads the way” commented Marco Viceconti, VPH Institute Executive Director, “the Quantum Chemistry/Molecular mechanics first described in the 1976 paper of Warshel and Levitt is a typical example of how computational methods can be cleverly used to explore complex interactions across space-time scale, a fundamental step in unravelling the complexity of living organisms”.
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Martin Karplus, U.S. and Austrian citizen. Born 1930 in Vienna, Austria. Ph.D. 1953 from California Institute of Technology, CA, USA. Professeur Conventionné, Université de Strasbourg, France and Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (photo © Harvard University)
Michael Levitt, U.S., British and Israeli citizen. Born 1947 in Pretoria, South Africa. Ph.D. 1971 from University of Cambridge, UK. Robert W. and Vivian K. Cahill Professor in Cancer Research, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA. (photo: Yahoo news)
Arieh Warshel, U.S. and Israeli citizen. Born 1940 in Kibbutz Sde-Nahum, Israel. Ph.D. 1969 from Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Distinguished Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Official press release: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2013/press.html