Martin Karplus is one of three to share in prize 'for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems'
Martin Karplus, the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Harvard, is one of three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday morning.
The 83-year-old Vienna-born theoretical chemist, who is also affiliated with the Université de Strasbourg in France, is a 1951 graduate of Harvard College and earned his Ph.D. in 1953 at the California Institute of Technology. While there, he worked with two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, who was an important early influence.
He shared the Nobel with researchers Michael Levitt of Stanford University and Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Warshel was once a postdoctoral student of Karplus, who worked with both men during six months in Israel during the 1960s. All three were then at the Weizmann Institute of Science with chemist Shneior Lifson, but have not worked formally together since that time.
The Nobel website said the prize was awarded for the researchers’ work in “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”
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