Computer chemists win Nobel prize

The Nobel Prize in chemistry has gone to three scientists who “took the chemical experiment into cyberspace”.

Michael Levitt, a British and US citizen of Stanford University, US-Austrian Martin Karplus of Strasbourg University, and US-Israeli Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California share the prize, the BBC reports.

The trio devised computer simulations to predict chemical processes. In doing so they laid the foundations for new kinds of pharmaceuticals.

“The Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2013 have made it possible to map the mysterious ways of chemistry by using computers,” said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

“Detailed knowledge of chemical processes makes it possible to optimise catalysts, drugs and solar cells.”

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