Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013
Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel
for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems
Born 1947, Pretoria, South Africa
In 1967 Levitt gained a BSc in physics from King's College, London, England; he spent a year at the Weizmann Institute in Israel before beginning his doctorate studies in biophysics at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge University, England, in 1968. He was awarded his PhD in 1971, and the following year he took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute. In 1974 he moved back to the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge to work as a staff scientist. Levitt spent a couple of years as a visiting scientist with Francis Crick, Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, USA. In 1979 he became Associate and Full Professor of Chemical Physics at the Weizmann Institute. He was a visiting scientist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, between 1986 and 1987, and in 1987 he moved to the USA to become Professor of Structural Biology at Stanford University.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the US National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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